What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom
Publisher: Compendium Inc
Age Range: 5 – 6 (and up)
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3 (and up)
Publication Date: February 6, 2018 (Available for pre-order now!)
The award–winning creators of The New York Times best sellers What Do You Do With an Idea? and What Do You Do With a Problem? return with a captivating story about a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter and then discovers that when you have courage, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen.
In this story, a child is visited by his first chance and unsure what to do with it, he lets it go. Later on, when a new chance arrives he reaches for it, but this time he misses and falls. Embarrassed and afraid, he begins ignoring each new chance that comes by, even though he still wants to take them. Then one day he realizes that he doesn’t need to be brave all the time, just at the right time, to find out what amazing things can happen when he takes a chance.
The final addition to the award-winning What Do You Do With…? picture book series created by New York Times best-selling author Kobi Yamada and illustrator by Mae Besom, What Do You Do With a Chance? inspires kids of all ages and parents alike to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. Because you never know when a chance, once taken, might be the one to change everything.
One thing that has become crystal clear to me over the years is out of fear comes growth. You can let fear inhibit you or you can let it motivate you to do and be better. Simply put, once you define and conquer your fears you can grow and be more apt to take chances. That is the overall message of this powerful forthcoming book. I’m in LOVE with it!
It touches upon the process of learning, growing and stretching the bounds of who we are. With each new discovery, each lesson learned, we become larger and more complete than we were before, and we gain confidence that we can continue to grow and learn. Children need to actively explore and discover the world around them and learn to take calculated risks. The more they can do, the better they feel about themselves. That is just one of the messages I took away from this book.
The story follows a child who is presented with many chances but is afraid to act upon them. The more chances come around, the more the child’s fascination grows until one day he finds the courage to finally take it.
So what do you do with a chance? You take it…because it just might be the start of something incredible.
I’d highly recommend this gem (along with the other two books in the series) for people of all ages. This book is for anyone who has ever wanted something but was afraid of taking a risk to get it. It is sure to inspire and motivate you and your little readers. So go ahead, take a chance, and read this one – you’ll be glad you did.
Your turn: Have you read the other two books in this series? Feel free to share in the comments.