Every day is an adventure — or it should be. The goals we focus on impact our lives, abilities, and character, especially over the long term.
Too seldom do we (and our children) hear of our more noble virtues. Only rarely do we hear people speaking openly of their personal goals and aspirations, especially in terms of developing their character and abilities. Instead, too many of us today simply focus on “winning,” social climbing, skills or possessions we think will help us climb socially, or plainly focusing on just making more money. Recent studies suggest that our culture is shifting to expect less and less of ourselves, and our lives, basically because we’re afraid to come up short. Yet, like most things of great value, developing our better natures takes time, and is mostly accomplished bit by bit, day by day.
I’ve been a fan of Jessica Hische for years, and I’m so happy to see her branching out into doing this excellent children’s picture book. It explores how we ought to develop our nobler qualities. It is, truly, an instant classic.
The illustrations, which make ample use of creative lettering, are outstanding, as I’d expected. What I was surprised by was how remarkably well-written the book is. Each virtue — adventurous, strong, smart, curious, creative, confident, and brave — is explained and aspired to in gentle, comforting rhymes. “Tomorrow I’ll be all the things I tried to be today, and if I wasn’t one of them, I know that it’s okay.”
“Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave” is fun for you or your children to read on privately or out loud. The clever and dynamic lettering is not only visually engaging but will help children learn to read better, as they recognize the words appearing in Hische’s imaginative and beautiful scripting.
I must say this is one of the very best books I’ve read this year — written for any age. It is just wonderful and, I feel, truly comforting, motivating, and deeply inspiring.