What Do You Do With a Problem?
Kobi Yamada, illustrations by Mae Besom
Fiction, CH Picture Book
DESCRIPTION: One day, a child finds a little problem following them around. Ignoring it only makes the problem grow bigger, and worrying about it makes it grow bigger still. What can be done before the problem destroys everything?
REVIEW: Like Yamada's What Do You Do With an Idea?, this book personifies an abstract concept with imaginative illustrations. I felt the idea book worked a bit better, but then I'm a little tired of the message of problems always being welcome opportunities that inevitably lead to better things (with the unspoken subtext that failure to see a problem as a welcome opportunity means you're wrong or weak for "not trying hard enough," that "it can't be that bad" - some problems simply must be endured, without promise of opportunity or reward, and forcing that extra burden of having to seek the silver lining just doesn't help.) Still, it's a good book that helps visualize the coping process, and offers hope of better things ahead.
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