He doesn’t want to look weak, so he lets the other children go in front of him and spends a little time stretching and thinking about what kind of jump he might do.
Jabari’s fear is stopping him from doing the thing he wants to do the most.
But all this time, his father is alongside him. He helps his son explore how he is feeling and quietly encourages without pushing. The father shares times when he has felt scared too so that his son understands that he is not alone in his fears. And eventually, in his own time, Jabari takes a deep breath and jumps.
This heartwarming story highlights the importance of building inner strength. It also features a fantastic father figure who calmly and sensitively helps his child work through a challenging situation.
This book does a fantastic job of showing children that we all have fears and that if we open up and talk about them then a whole new world can open up to us.
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