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February 08, 2018 | Charlotte Donlon
The newest book written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom will encourage kids–and adults–to be brave and grab ahold of chances to do new things. What Do You Do With A Chance (one of Cal’s picks for February) confronts the presence of fear with a realistic tone. I love it when children’s books don’t shy away from negative aspects of life. Yamada writes:
“I know I acted like I didn’t care, but the truth was, I did. I still wanted to take a chance, but I was afraid. And I wasn’t sure if I would ever be brave enough.”
And later, the main character explains a shift:
“It wasn’t that I was no longer afraid, but now my excitement was bigger than my fear.”
I love this change in perspective. It’s so simple, yet so true. When I think about opportunities I have that may never be successful, that I may try and fall flat on my face in failure, if I choose to move forward it’s because the excitement really does outweigh the fear.
Here’s to taking more chances.
Charlotte lives in Homewood with her husband and their two children. She’s earning an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, and she does freelance writing and copywriting. You can find her online at www.charlottedonlon.com, on Twitter at @charlottedonlon, and on Instagram at @charlottedonlon. You can sign up for her weekly email newsletter about reading, writing, and creativity via her website at charlottedonlon.com. Email newsletter subscribers are invited to participate in book giveaways, too. Feel free to contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments!