Title: Spin (2017)
Author: Rebecca Janni
Illustrator: George Ermos
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin)
Our first Self-Concept book featured this month is Spin! Spin is a truly motivating and encouraging book for children. (Adults too!) Spin is an analogy to life’s ups and downs which we all experience. This book reinforces the message to never give up and to always keep going no matter what obstacles may come your way. Children will learn that when the going gets hard and tough, as it will, to press on to accomplish whatever goal they may be striving for! I love how the language in the story uses references to nature such as, “The world has higher mountains.” and, “The ocean has lower depths.” Spin is an ideal read for children who may be trying or experiencing something new and need that extra little push to keep going until they have reached their own personal level of satisfaction.
We must be children’s champions, coaches, cheer leaders, and their biggest fans! When they fall down we must be the ones to encourage and help them to get back up and try again. Children are naturally strong, determined, and resiliant from birth. We see this as babies are learning to crawl and walk, they keep trying until they are running (running us in circles!) Toddlers, as they are learning to speak new words and form sentences until they chatter nonstop! Preschoolers, as they master running, hopping, jumping, riding a tricycle, boucing a ball, balancing, (flipping off the back of your couch), etc… Sheer determination we must continue to nurture and not let wane as they grow older.
Favorite line in this book: “Keep my pace. Not a race. Do my best.”
3 Other Books by Rebecca Janni:
▪Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse (2010)
▪Jammy Dance (2012)
▪Nellie Sue, Happy Camper (2013)
George Ermos also illustrated:
▪Dough Knights and Dragons (2017)