If I let my worries get to me, the world could pass me by. Well, I might try and fail sometimes, but Ill never fail to try! Ill take my chances. Come what may, Im going to do it anyway. With a sentiment more adults would do well to follow, author Mark Burrows uses humorous experiences sometimes resulting in embarrassing disasters to encourage youngsters to take a chance in life. From science experiments that go horribly wrong to bike mishaps, sour tes, and timid questions, every day is filled with opportunities for failureand ultimate growththat shape a childs worldview and character. Even grandmas hugs outside of school, which could provide fodder for ridicule, are precious moments that are worth the effort! Illustrator Sally Springer uses a light touch and lumius colors to capture each excruciating moment. Together, words and images of familiar situations provide encouragement for the youngest of children.
Mark Burrows, award-winning singer, composer, and puppetry enthusiast, is the director of childrens ministries at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. A two-time finalist for D Magazines Best Childrens Entertainer, Mister Mark, as he is known to his fans, is a member of Childrens Ministry Forum and the Christian Educators Fellowship. Burrows creates choral pieces, six of which were selected as J.W. Pepper Editors Choice pieces in 2014. He frequently appears as a choir clinician, childrens workshop leader, and keynote speaker across the South. Pelican also published his previous book from a childs perspective, Little Things Arent Little ... When Youre Little. Sally Springer specializes in childrens illustrations for books and magazines. She has a varied background working for some of the most respected childrens magazines and publishers. Springer has received both the Gustave Tassell Award for original design and the My First Hidden Pictures Illustration of the Year Award from Highlights High Five magazine.