Trini’s Big Leap by Beth Kephart and Alexander de Wit, illustrated by William Sulit, is a pretty cute story about a young girl who succeeds at basically everything. The world is her oyster and whatever she does is easy. And the story begins with Trini in gymnastics, showing off to all the other kids how brilliant she is at cartwheels and all the like. Basically, Trini speaks to me because I was that successful kid and I unfortunately only learned to fail much later in my life. It was pretty detrimental. And so, of course, with Trini there will come a day in which she finally learns that she’s not perfect at everything.
Honestly, this was an incredibly cute story with a beautiful message. And it’s a story that I not only wish I’d known as a child, but I wish I’d experienced. I had a complete identity crisis the first time I failed miserably at something and I never really fully learned how to fail and how to deal with failure. And so this is a good way to show that to children at an early age so that they are able to learn and prepare for days when they might not succeed as well as they expected.
I will say, as much as I loved this book, I really just did not care at all for the artwork. In truth, it looked somewhat creepy at times, particularly with the noses. But I will give credit where credit is due and say that the ways in which the children were drawn were actually pretty exceptional as far as keeping them diverse in many ways. And for that, I did appreciate the art immensely. For some reason, I just couldn’t quite get past the noses.
All in all, this is definitely a book worth picking up for your kiddos.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.