What Do You Do With a Chance?

What Do You Do With a Chance? illus. by Mae Besom. 44p. Compendium. Feb. 2018. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781943200733.
PreS-Gr 2—In this delightful third story by the author and illustrator team, readers are asked the essential question: What do you do with a chance? With great deftness and imagery, Yamada and Besom explore how opportunities come to be and the emotions associated with them. Readers learn that chances, though unexpected, can consume one's thoughts. Yet, even when they desire to have a decision presented to them, fear of failure or embarrassment may stop them from reaching out and taking it. Yamada's use of simple text coupled with Besom's progressive use of watercolor takes children on a journey from fear of the unknown to courage. This title is an ideal read-aloud and discussion starter and is every bit as charming, insightful, and revelatory as its predecessors, What Do You With an Idea?? and What Do You With a Problem??
VERDICT Children of all ages will be inspired to take a chance as "it just might be the start of something incredible."

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