Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Zippy the Runner - a book review

Quote of the day:

"When the world says give up.  Hope whispers...Try one more time."

Quotes to think about:

Today's featured book:

Title:  Zippy the Runner
Author:  JiYu Kim
Illustrator:  JeongHyeon Seon

Let's peek inside shall we?

About the book:

Zippy, an adorable little zebra, was born to run.  He has it in his DNA.  Unfortunatly he has never won a race. He practices and hangs in there but his body is skinny and his legs are very short.  Does he give up?  Absolutely not.  He may not be the frontrunner but he loves the sport too much to quit.  His friends feel bad for him and try to encourage him to try other things that he may be good at and therefore achieve success, but Zippy will have none of it.....running it is.  

He becomes a role-model of "Hope".  He runs because it gives him so much joy and happiness inside and who knows, maybe next time he will win. He shows others that it is ok to do something you love just because it feels so exhilarating and gives you satisfaction and deep-down contentment in your heart. He encourages others not to get discouraged and withdraw from their passion because they did not take first place.  He inspires others to press on,  run that race.... but just for the fun of it!!

This book includes social and emotional learning concepts of hope, optimism and perseverance.  The book wisely includes tips for caregivers and story coaching.  A Reader's Theatre version is available so children can benefit from dramatic interpretation.  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and quirky.  I like them a lot.  The Myself Bookshelf series is an amazing series of stories that encourage social awareness, self-worth, and strong relationships with family and friends.  I highly recommend this book.  

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Never, ever give up.

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