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by Kobi Yamada
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Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
A cute story about trying especially when we think we can't do something. Beautiful illustrations and a simple story with a solid message.
TRYING, written by Kobi Yamada (@livethegoodstuff) and illustrated by Elise Hurst (@elise.hurst), is a beautifully told and gorgeously illustrated story celebrating the power of failure. A young sculptor is frustrated by their apparent lack of talent as they look on to an experienced sculptor’s work and almost gives up on their dream. The experienced sculptor convinced them to keep trying, that each perceived failure is actually taking them one step closer to achieving their dream, as they learn something new from each failure.
As someone who suffers terribly from imposter syndrome, this story spoke volumes to me. Just like the young sculptor in the story, I often want to give up on learning something if I’m not perfect at it from the beginning, whether or not I’ve ever tried it before. Needless to say, this is one of those “children’s” books that can teach adults something too.
Elise Hurst’s illustrations are *stunning* and I found myself pouring over each, taking in the detail. Cover to cover, this is a spectacular book for anyone to read who struggles with trying something new. @compendiumliveinspired
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This is a story about trying and the disappointment and pain that come along with each less-than-perfect effort. An elderly sculptor explains to a young child how we learn from all our mistakes ... that mistakes are a part of growing and accomplishing.
This is a book about someone who feared trying and failing, but was inspired by a sculptor to persevere and accept that improvement comes slowing. The sculptor help him see that through failure one see the way to success and that failing is essential on the road to success. This is an outstanding book.
How will you know what's possible if you don't try? This is a story for anyone who has ever felt like a beginner, or had doubts, or worried they weren't good enough. It's a story for those who have experienced the pain of trying something new and not having it turn out as they had hoped. So, in many ways, it is a sotry for every one of us. Because at some point in our lives, we will all fail. Failure can be disappointing, and even heartbreaking, but the story doesn't end there. Because failure has so much to offer. It's a necessary step to learning, to growing, to getting better. It can show us how badly we want something--and how hard we are willing to get it. It challenges us to be brave, to take heart, and to try again. And yes, there will be times when you'll question yourself. You may want to give up. But if you believe--if you practice and press on--you can do amazing things.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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