The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi & Lorena Alvarez

Helping kids develop a growth mindset is both tricky and vitally important. They need to learn the power of persistance but their big emotions mean that they are easily frustrated when they don’t get something right the first time.

Recently i’ve received lots of requests from parents for books which tackle this topic, probably because we’ve all been doing a bit more homeschooling than we expected in 2020! The one which I recommend most frequently is this one – The Magical Yet.

Written in beautifully tight rhyme, the story is about a little girl who is learning to ride her shiny new bike. When she struggles to pedal and steer the bike ends up on the ground and she refuses to try again.

But then something magical happens – she discovers her Yet. The Yet is an adorable glowing creature whose only job is to encourage her to keep going. Although she didn’t realise it, the Yet helped her learn to walk and talk and now it’s here to help her ride her bike.

The Yet shows her that it’s natural to make mistakes when you try something new. Whether you’re riding a bike, painting a picture, playing an instrument or learning to dance, you need to be patient and practise. You may not be able to do it YET, but soon you will and when it happens it will feel amazing because of all the hard work you have put in.

The gorgeous illustrations show a diverse group of children all learning new skills with their Yet by their side, and their progress is clearly visible. Eventually we see the girl get back on her bike and the joy on her face when she finally gets it right is wonderful!

We love this inspiring story and we’ve been reading it on repeat since Ivy started school back in September. Slowly we’re turning the cries of ‘I can’t do it! into ‘I can’t do it YET’ so the message is definitely filtering through.

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