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Reading Matters

by Jean Dugan
November/December 2017
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We all take dozens of risks every day, choices that could lead to disaster or adventure or anything in between. Hoping for the best, we pick up the phone, try a new kind of food, and pull out onto the highway of life. When we take risks, of whatever size or seriousness, we open ­ourselves up to something new — the choice is ours.

Making mistakes can be risky! Todd Parr in his gentle and comforting way, and with his usual wacky and colorful illustrations, reminds us in It’s Okay to Make Mistakes that the only way to learn is to try. Fall down? You can get right back up. Wardrobe mishap? Maybe you’ll start a new trend. Take a wrong turn? You might discover something new. Taking risks can lead to all kinds of good things — new friends and new adventures and new skills.
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr (Little, Brown and Company, 2014) Ages 2 – 7.

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