Sunday, October 15, 2017

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 15

The Thing Lou Couldn't Do
by Ashley Spires May 2017. 32 pages.

From Amazon: "This delightful picture book perfectly depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. With humor and endearing artwork, Spires sensitively portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. All the while, Lou's friends model compassionate friendship by offering to teach her how to climb and then moving the game. This book makes a perfect choice for a character education discussion about courage or resilience, or a life-skills lesson on facing challenges. The story also promotes the joy of imaginative play in the outdoors.

My thoughts: My kids often tell me "I can't do it." Often something is too difficult, or they're scared. This book is great for encouraging kids to just try. And even if they fail, hey at least they tried! I also like how Lou's friends encourage her, instead of teasing or getting angry, as I often feel like doing when my kids offer excuse after excuse for why they won't try something.

Recommended Age: 4-7 years

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