BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Ashima Shiraishi is a rock climbing champion. She calls it solving problems. When she looks at a rock or boulder, she sees the problems that need to be solved so she can climb it - she maps out the problem in her head and learns from her mistakes. She tries again, climbs, falls, learns and tries again. Broken up into pieces, the difficult climb - full of problems, is eventually achieved.
What a great metaphor for looking at life's problems and learning from them. Ashima is a remarkable young lady. Writing this picture book while still a teen, she is a world champion climber. I loved the time line of her life (so far) represented with Yao Xiao's beautiful illustration of Ashima climbing through the stars.