“If I let my worries get to me, the world could pass me by. Well, I might try and fail sometimes, but I’ll never fail to try! I’ll take my chances. Come what may, I’m going to do it anyway.”
With a sentiment more adults would do well to follow, author Mark Burrows uses humorous experiences sometimes resulting in embarrassing disasters to encourage youngsters to take a chance in life. From science experiments that go horribly wrong to bike mishaps, sour notes, and timid questions, every day is filled with opportunities for failure—and ultimate growth—that shape a child’s worldview and character. Even grandma’s hugs outside of school, which could provide fodder for ridicule, are precious moments that are worth the effort! Illustrator Sally Springer uses a light touch and luminous colors to capture each excruciating moment. Together, words and images of familiar situations provide encouragement for the youngest of children.
About the Author
Mark Burrows, award-winning singer, composer, and puppetry enthusiast, is the director of children’s ministries at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. A two-time finalist for D Magazine’s Best Children’s Entertainer, “Mister Mark,” as he is known to his fans, is a member of Children’s Ministry Forum and the Christian Educators Fellowship. Burrows creates choral pieces, six of which were selected as J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice pieces in 2014. He frequently appears as a choir clinician, children’s workshop leader, and keynote speaker across the South. Pelican also published his previous book from a child’s perspective, Little Things Aren’t Little . . . When You’re Little.
About the Illustrator
Sally Springer specializes in children’s illustrations for books and magazines. She has a varied background working for some of the most respected children’s magazines and publishers. Springer has received both the Gustave Tassell Award for original design and the “My First Hidden Pictures” Illustration of the Year Award from Highlights High Five magazine.
I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES
By Mark Burrows
Illustrated by Sally Springer
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / New Experience
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus. Ages 0-5