I've always loved the newness that arrives on the first of January, the way the year opens up overflowing with wonder and promise, pure as a cloudless sky. It's a blank canvas, right? Maybe your surroundings look the same - you're waking up under the same comforter, brewing that first cup of coffee in your chipped but cherished mug, making your kids their favorite Mickey waffles - but the day ahead is filled with an almost tangible feeling of hope. And as each year slides -- whether whisper soft or with a deafening bang -- into the next, we are given a fresh start. A clean slate. A new chance.
Enter What Do You Do With a Chance?, by Kobi Yamada, featuring gorgeous illustrations by Mae Besom. Can this team do no wrong? Each book in this trilogy has moved me deeply, with words and illustrations that came into my life at exactly the perfect time. In Chance, a child gets just that - a chance - that appears out of nowhere. But the boy doesn't embrace it; he is uncertain, and thus pulls away. When the next chance comes around, he reaches for it and falls. He is overcome with fear, never wanting to feel so foolish again. The chances keep appearing, though, but because he keeps ignoring them, they eventually cease. Only then, of course, does the boy realize that as scared as he is, he does want to take a chance. Will he be brave enough to seize a new opportunity? You've got to read it to find out.
"If only I had a chance to [insert the myriad of things you or your kids or your students desire but never actually do HERE]." How many times have you heard this? How many times have you said it yourself? What Do You Do With A Chance? is the perfect book to challenge this way of thinking - to change our mindsets from "I wish I could" to "of course I can." We all have it in us to take chances, to embrace new opportunities. And we have to remember that though we may fall, or even fail, the beauty of seizing a chance lies in embracing the intertwined feelings of fear and excitement that come with trying again. Here's to this brilliant conversation starter, a stunning conclusion to a breathtaking and inspiring trilogy. And, of course, here's to seizing chances in 2018.
Want the book? Get it here! What Do You Do With a Chance?, by Kobi Yamada. *HEE received an advanced review copy of What Do You Do With A Chance, but all opinions expressed herein are entirely our own. Check out our review of What Do You Do With an Idea?, the first book in the trilogy, HERE!