Everyone is having a wonderful time- painting, dancing, playing games, flying kites. Everyone except George. George doesn't think that he can do anything until Bear makes a suggestion...
One of the loveliest author/illustrators I have been lucky enough to meet, Sophy Henn has produced another masterpiece in 'Almost Anything'. Hugely talented with both pictures and words, each of her books shows a real understanding of little children and how to communicate with them. This can also be seen in the patient, caring way she interacts with each child she meets, valuing their comments, their pictures- making them feel special!
George lacks confidence and feels he can't do anything. When Bear makes him a 'magic' hat from folded paper which allows the wearer to do 'almost anything', George feels able to have a go at roller skating. He takes a tumble and immediately repeats his favourite phrase...'I can't!' And here, Bear offers the wisest words of all:
Of course you can...You just need to give the magic a chance. Have another go, George.
And after more goes, George finds that he can roller skate- and many other things too. When George loses his hat, Bear can explain the real 'magic' has come from inside George himself...
When you give your magic a chance, you can do almost anything!
Such an important message, told in such a wonderful way!
The illustrations are charming and combine with the text perfectly. In this one, George is reading one of my favourites, 'Pom Pom Gets the Grumps', another Sophy Henn masterpiece!
'Almost Anything' is a great story for all ages and one which I have plans to use for a book session with EYFS next term. Resilience is such an important skill- trying hard, being patient, keeping going when things get tough- and George is such an endearing, lovable character that he is sure to inspire and encourage children. Fabulous stuff!
Almost Anything Sophy Henn
Penguin ISBN: 978-0141385471