What do you do with an Idea?
This was the first book that I came across in the series. It shows our young protagonist coming across an idea and not being sure what to do with it. And even though he tried to ignore it at first, he realises that he loves being with his idea. There is a point where he allows other people’s opinions affect his own judgement and he turns his back on his idea. But in the end, he realises how important it is to nourish and follow through on your ideas.
What do you do with a Problem?
In this book, our protagonist has a problem. And it hangs over him like a dark cloud of despair. And the more he tries to avoid or deny the problem, the bigger, darker and more oppressive the cloud becomes. Until finally he has had enough. He decides that it’s time to be brave and tackle his problem. He then discovers that it contains something wonderful inside of it. An opportunity to learn.
One of the things that I suggest to the parents of my child clients. Is that, when they read this book to their kids, at the end, ask them to role play a problem that they have been having. What could be the “opportunity to learn” for them with their particular problem?
What do you do with a Chance?
I think that I love this one most of all. In this book, the chances show up as origami butterflies. Our protagonist wants to take a chance but isn’t entirely brave enough. When he does try, he fails and feels humiliated and vows to never take a chance again. So, chances stop showing up for him. And he wishes that he could have one more opportunity to take a chance. Then finally a really HUGE chance shows up. Is he brave enough to take it?
When I read this to my adult clients, they often comment how wonderful it would be if an actual butterfly did show up when a chance was coming along. And it a way it can. I recently had an opportunity be presented to me and I mentally saw the origami butterfly from the story. So, I knew that this was a chance/opportunity worth jumping on.