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Children's LiteratureAn unnamed boy narrates this lecture about trying until you succeed. Readers are told, "It's fun to try new things" and "It's okay when I make mistakes." They are also given ideas about persevering: imagine the activity going well, take a breath and try again, stick with it. While these are all positive statements and may even be ones that we need to make to children, there is little literary value in this book. It is not a story, yet it is told in story format. The theme is didactic, and most likely, boring to children. The pictures are realistically drawn and the book is politically correct, with a variety of racial types represented as the boy's schoolmates. The last two pages offer ideas to parents and teachers for teaching perseverance to children. These pages could be useful for early childhood educators in reinforcing the concepts outlined in this book, but the ideas presented are likely to be familiar to teachers with classroom experience. 2004, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 2 to 6.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo