Kobi Yamada fans will adore What Do You Do With A Chance?, the latest in a series of inspiring and relatable tales about dealing with the opportunities life throws our way.
When a golden chance, flitting like a butterfly, first appears to a child, he doesn't know what to make of it, but he feels the chance is important. But the child is unsure and doesn’t act, so the chance flits away. Soon the child regrets not having taken the chance and wonders if it will return. The next time the golden chance appears, he tries to grasp it but misses. Embarrassed, he decides to ignore any chance that comes his way. In time, the chances stop coming altogether. The child decides to be ready for the next chance, just in case. Finally, a chance appears on the horizon, and this time he runs to greet it. Grabbing the chance and holding on tight, the child soars, flying high and free.
Mae Besom’s dreamy illustrations, rendered in subtle earth tones, place gentle, rounded figures against surreal mountain villages, providing a beautiful backdrop for a child’s first foray into a world of chance and random opportunity. Yamada’s relatable story urges readers of all ages to take the chances that come their way—they could be the start of something incredible.
Billie B. Little is the Founding Director of Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, a hands-on museum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.