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My toddler has become obsessed with rock climbing. Unfortunately, because of coronavirus, we can't get our nightly climbs in any more at the local climbing gym. He's been super bummed about that. Came across this book and thought he might like it. He loves it. Reading about Ashima has moved its way into our regular bedtime rotation. Perfect length for him, nice moral, and beautifully illustrated. Highly recommend.
Such a great lesson from the world's greatest climber that happens to be a teenager. My 4 year old boy picks this book almost every night. This is such a well written detailed look at a specific problem (Boulder) with absolutely amazing imagery of Ashima climbing. It has some of the most detailed and such well conceived "thinking" scenes you will ever find in a book.
Most Importantly Ashima has hit on a topic that we all need work on. As a "learn from your falls" lesson permiates throughout it also shows that perseverance comes with never giving up and taking the time to assess and analyze "what the fall had told [her]". Although written for children, this a great lesson for us adults too.
Well done Ashima and thank you for sharing your story in this very thoughtful and exposing way for my little climber to look up to! -Nate
I think it's a good book for parents or to give as a gift to kids or if you're a teacher. My wife and I are both climbers and are fans of Ashima who is one of the most inspirational young climbers in the world. She's been featured on NPR and many other magazines and she also does a lot of good for the community. It's definitely a kid's book, but I bought it so that my wife can share it with her students (elementary school age) during the quarantine. The kids loved it even if they're not climbers because of the story and lesson and the illustrations.
Inspirational and with practical tips on how to achieve your goal by giving yourself “a bright path of thinking” to light the way. Readers of all ages will glean important messaging from this picture book. (Ages 4-8, Non-Fiction)
Way back in the early 90’s, I started rock climbing at the urging of my therapist, who was a rock climbing instructor. She thought that the inherent emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits would really help me, and she was right. All these years later I am glad to see a book with that very important and true message. I plan to be back on the wall and introduce my daughter to the sport ASAP.