Trini is the highest flyer, the strongest gripper, the most spectacular cartwheeler at her after-school club.
She easily masters any gymnastic move her teachers show her, and always says, “I can do that.” But when she tries to construct buildings out of blocks like her friends do, she discovers that some things don’t come as easily for her. Through the encouragement of her friends, Trini learns the value of collaboration and trying new things, even when they aren’t so easy. An afterword by the founder and CEO of The Little Gym Europe, outlines why it’s important to encourage children to try new and difficult things.
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"In a lengthy afterword directed at parents, co-author de Wit explains the importance of exposing children to a variety of experiences both challenging and easy in order to promote their development, teach them to overcome obstacles, and maybe awaken a life calling. Partly a parenting book, partly aimed at children, best read and discussed together."—Kirkus Reviews
"Trini is a wonderful character for two reasons: she is confident about her abilities and she accepts help from her friends when she needs it. This is a great book that highlights confidence, creativity, persistence and collaboration, all really important parts of childhood."
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Trini's Big Leap was a cute story about a little girl who is good at everything...except building with blocks. It was a great resource for my son, who gets frustrated when he doesn't think he is good at something, just like Trini. He was able to connect with Trini and take something away. The illustrations were adorable as well.
I loved this sweet tale of Trini, who can outdo anyone in gymnastics but struggles to construct things. She’s a physical whiz but an engineering klutz. “It’s so much fun being terrific,” she says after flying high in a somersault. “Everything is so easy.” Then Trini tries to make a castle out of blocks and everything is “too long, too short, too crooked, too wobbly.” But friend Freddie offers, “Maybe we can do it together.” And he and Juniper and Keisha help her create a thing of beauty, while she helps them master acrobatics the next day. They construct kindness and cooperation as lovely as their castle. All of us have gifts differing, this wise story says, and with patience and help from others, we can learn to do things outside our comfort zone. The illustrations are darling and a pithy afterward for adults encourages kids to tackle difficult activities as a way to prepare for life’s challenges. The publisher, Penny Candy Books, was founded by poets Alexis Orgera and Chad Reynolds as a way to “make a difference,” according to Reynolds in a Publishers Weekly’s interview. “Language really matters. Poetry is one of the only vehicles for changing hearts and minds.” I think TRINI’S BIG LEAP makes a decided difference. Way to go! 5/5 Pub Date 13 Aug 2019. Thanks to the authors, Penny Candy Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TrinisBigLeap #NetGalley