Author: Sarra J. Roth
Illustrator: Tracy Bishop
Publisher: Peter Pauper Press
A young girl decides she wants to try some new things. She attempts to pop a wheelie on her bike, and ends up with a flat tire. She can’t balance on her toes in ballet class. And karate is noisy and makes no sense. Frustrated, she quits them all. But her mother sits her down and asks why she gave up so quickly on her new hobbies.
With a better attitude, she approaches her botched flower painting, and decides to just keep trying. The end result makes her happy enough to even give some of her past flops another attempt. After all, she doesn’t want to be the quitting kind.
Trying something new seldom leads to instant success. Not the Quitting Kind, told in rhyme, reminds kids that it’s normal to feel frustrated and upset when they do poorly at something they’ve never tried before. But when they push through their feelings, they may find they enjoy what they’re doing, and even become good at it.
Reviewer: Alice Berger