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edition:Hardcover
category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2015
ISBN:9781927583609
publisher: Second Story Press

Never Give Up

A story about self-esteem

by Kathryn Cole, illustrated by Qin Leng

tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, emotions & feelings, friendship
Description

Shaun is strong enough to know that even things that don't come easily can be mastered through determination and hard work. Learning to ride his two-wheeler with the help of his friend Nadia, he overcomes his fear and the teasing of the other children in the park and manages to impress friends and bullies alike.

About the Authors
Kathryn Cole has had a forty-five-year career in children’s books and is the author of the I’m a Great Little Kid Series with Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre. Kathryn volunteered as a support to parents for thirteen years with Boost in their crisis support and court preparation groups.

Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Her picture books include Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki (APALA Award, Governor General’s Literary Award finalist); Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary (both USBBY Outstanding International Books); When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist) and I Am Small, which Qin has written and illustrated. Visit www.qinillustrations.com.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
5 to 8
Editorial Reviews

... [Qin] Leng’s sensitive and occasionally humorous illustrations create a warm, supportive, and diverse environment (Nadia’s headscarf suggests she is Muslim, though it doesn’t factor into the plot) for this encouraging story to unfold.

— Publishers Weekly

Though Cole employs a straightforward approach to telling the stories [in the I'm A Great Little Kid series], their content is anything but simplistic. The author provides plenty of fodder for course content for character-education programs and thought-provoking and insightful classroom discussions about ethics, morals and values.

— Canadian Children's Book News

The lessons in the story aren’t diluted for the book’s younger audience but rather are presented in a mature way for them to wrestle with...The characters’ diversity is presented with maturity and subtlety. The cultural differences between the children aren’t used as a learning device to explain the important of self-confidence.

— Littlest Bookshelf

In Never Give Up, a commendable and refreshing touch is that Nadia's wearing of the hijab figures naturally and subtly. A cast of multicultural characters populates the supportive environments depicted in Qin Leng's sensitive illustrations.

— Canadian Children's Book News

Never Give Up is an excellent story for bedtime, and it’s great for use for bigger conversations with kids about self esteem, bullying, and learning new things.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Kathryn Cole’s messages in Never Give Up and Reptile Flu are so positive and told in such familiar scenarios that all young readers will easily find themselves empathizing with the characters who try to develop new skills or face difficulties with communication. And, even better, they will actually see themselves in the book, so incredibly inclusive in the families displayed and the skin, clothing, names, and body types of the children within.

— CanLit for Little Canadians

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Never Give Up: A story about self-esteem

Shaun is strong enough to know that even things that don't come easily can be mastered through determination and hard work. Learning to ride his two wheeler with the help of his friend Nadia, he overcomes his fear and the teasing of the other children in the park and manages to impress friends and bullies alike.

This picture book can be shared with young people to help them understand the character education traits of perseverance and respect. Many students might identify with the sad feelings Shaun has when others make fun of him as he learns to ride a bicycle. Moreover, they can learn that being determined and having self-confidence will lead to success and positive self-esteem.

Also available: Reptile Flu and Fifteen Dollars and Thirty-five Cents by Kathryn Cole

Author available for class visits.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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