Darcy's family is excited, because her family is taking a vacation to the mountains and plans to go snowboarding. As the car goes up the mountain, Darcy looks out the window and finds the mountain tops look frightening and she isn't sure she is going to like this as much as she thought she would. At the lodge, the family bought everything they would need and signed up for snowboarding lessons to be given the next day. The teacher was able to make things look easy, but Darcy kept falling and just felt that this was going to be too hard for her to learn. Her sister Amy was doing great! Darcy tried the next day and kept falling so she threw her helmet and gloves and said she didn't want to try any more. After lunch, Amy and her dad went one way and Darcy and her mother stayed and practiced. Finally Darcy was able to go down the beginners slope without falling. But when the whole family goes to a steeper slope, is Darcy able to stay on the board and succeed? The author did a wonderful at depicting how a young child might feel when trying something new and failing at it. She also makes it clear to not stop, but keep on trying. The illustrations add much to the story and this is a book that will be read over and over again. The author includes two mini biographies, a glossary, a gear guide, discussion questions and writing prompts at the end of the book. This is a great book to give to a child who is going to try something new and exciting. Part of the "My First Graphic Novel" series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)
Meet the Author
Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.