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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Bouncy is a basketball. The only problem was, Bouncy couldn’t bounce. When he was presented to a little boy as a birthday present, Bouncy was so excited. So was the boy. Only, when they went to the park, Bouncy couldn’t bounce. The boy was disgusted and kicked Bouncy into the bush, leaving him there. After a night of shivering and getting wet, Bouncy was hoping someone would notice him. And someone did. Another little boy, Cal, picked him up. Bouncy actually talked to him and told the boy his problems. Together Cal and the basketball worked hard to find out what Bouncy was good at doing. It certainly wasn’t bouncing. But that was okay with this little boy, because he had a challenge and a special ball with special characteristics, all uniquely his own.
Jim and Brenda Jones have written a charmingly clever picture book story about a basketball that couldn’t. Bouncy: The Basketball That Couldn’t Bounce follows the story of a basketball that couldn’t do what basketballs were supposed to do – he couldn’t bounce. Presenting this dilemma with the basketball as the main character is a unique way to introduce young readers to the concept of differences and that’s it’s okay to be different. Cal was just as unique as Bouncy in this story. Why? Because Cal sees the potential in Bouncy and is forever encouraging Bouncy with: “You’re the one and only you! Soon we’ll find what you can do!” There are multiple lessons presented in this little gem of a book: accepting and appreciating differences, not giving up, encouraging others – and I’m sure you can find other valuable lessons, too. Beautifully told with exquisite illustrations. Loved it!