Created by Ashley Spires
Fabulous illustrations for you to enjoy...
About the book...
Lou is a typical kid that loves playing with her friends. Together they can run faster than airplanes, build mighty fortresses and rescue wild animals. Lou is strong, brave and can do anything... but can she really?
One day her friends in an exploring frenzy decide to climb a tree. Lou is with them, all in, but suddenly puts the brakes on when she confronts that tree face to bark. She's never climbed a tree before. It looks scary and makes Lou very uncomfortable. She starts making excuses why it is impossible for her to engage in such a foreign (and dreaded) activity: she has to change her shoes, her arm is sore, the cat needs a walk, she shouldn't climb so soon after reading, she has to attend a slug funeral, an asteroid is heading her way, and her tummy hurts, just to name a few. But the real reason?
"I can't climb a tree."
Her friends gather round her and encourage her to try... together they will help her succeed. She conjures up in her imagination ways she can get to the top of that tree such as jumping on a trampoline, pole vaulting up maybe? or even being hoisted high to the very top by a helicopter. Do you think Lou can do it? Can she muster up the courage and fortitude to make the climb happen? Oh my!
Lou will never know if she doesn't give it a try. This story is about empowerment, persevering against all odds, facing your fears head on and overcoming them. It is a book of inspiration and hope to those who are convinced they CAN'T, and to their great delight learn to their great amazement.... YES. THEY. CAN.
About the author...
Author and illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. Her picture books, including Larf, Small Saul and The Most Magnificent Thing, are known for providing readers, young and old, with a good laugh.
When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her three cats, Penny, Fran and Gracie.
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