I was extremely pleased and honoured to collaborate once again with award-winning author, Emily Lim-Leh, to review her newest book (view other book reviews here).
Although my children are both in primary school now, that doesn’t stop them from appreciating a good book. The story of Little Godwit finds his wings is simple but timeless. It is a story of how a young child (in this case, Little Godwit) comes to gradually learn about himself and his own strengths.
So Little Godwit hatches late and learns that his flock has left to escape the cold Arctic. He meets different birds who try to make him fit in with them, and he tries his best each time:
After several tries, he comes to the realisation that he is not meant to stay with those birds because that is just not in his anatomy or ability to do so.
I like that the story presents itself as a springboard for discussion with the children about their strengths, and how when we fail sometimes, our failed attempts are not definitive of us. Life is a journey where we continue to succeed and fail, and in the process, discover our strengths and weaknesses. And it is perfectly alright to not be good at something, because we may be better at something else.
In this book, there is even a page where there are key discussion questions. So, even if you aren’t sure about what to ask or say to your child after reading, you can use those questions as reference. Also, at the end of the book, there are two pages with more information about the bar-tailed godwit, and there are even QR codes where you can scan and read up in greater detail.
This book will be available in major bookstores by end February 2019 (retailing at $12.95), so remember to get your copy!
Disclosure: I received this complimentary book from the author. No monetary compensation was received.