I Can Ski!


Children - Adventure
32 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

I Can Ski! is an adventure picture book for children, grades k-3, written by Claire McGee and illustrated by Harry Aveira. Kevin and his family are going skiing, but Kevin’s never skied before, and he’s a bit frightened by the whole idea. His big brother, Brandon, is thrilled by the prospect of getting out on the slopes, but Brandon has skied before. Brandon tries to reassure Kevin and tells him that he’s going to love the snow. Kevin’s never seen snow before. Will it be fluffy? His mom and dad are excited as well. They’ve bought all manner of gear for their adventure: goggles, jackets, pants, and thick wooly socks, to name just a few. Kevin wonders why they need so much stuff. Then the day comes when they’re scheduled to take the plane to Denver, Colorado.

Claire McGee’s I Can Ski! highlights how a young boy is able to master his fears and join the family fun on the Colorado ski slopes. The story shows him discussing the trip with his brother, flying with his mom on the plane, and participating in ski school to learn the basics. Kids can often miss out on rich and rewarding experiences due to fear of the unknown. Like Kevin, they may think they can’t do it, but pushing past that fear and lack of confidence reaps rewards beyond getting up after falling on the bunny slope and actually learning to ski. Kevin’s experiences on the slope will inform his decisions and outlook in the future as well. Harry Aveira’s illustrations are superb! I especially loved his artwork featuring the Colorado mountains, and his portrayals of Kevin and the other new skiers learning to descend are realistic and action-packed. I Can Ski! is most highly recommended.

Barbara Fanson

I Can Ski! is the wonderful story of Kevin conquering his fears and learning a new skill. Author Claire McGee explores techniques for dealing with fears that most children—and their parents—can relate to. When Kevin’s family goes on vacation, he sits in an airplane for the very first time. Although he’s afraid, his mother holds his hand and he doesn’t feel as afraid. When he takes a ski class, he falls near the beginning of the lesson, but he gets right back up. He was determined to get up again so he didn’t have time to be afraid. Children will learn valuable skills for dealing with fears in this wonderful story about skiing. Although the topic is learning to ski, it could virtually be any new skill. Children can develop techniques for dealing with fears at school, home, or in life. After reading this book, I think I will take some skiing lessons!

Wow! The illustrations are outstanding. I Can Ski! features the full-page, full-color artwork of illustrator Harry Aveira. The very realistic renderings will help to pull students into the story. The artist creates beautiful illustrations with lots of blending and tones. Author Claire McGee has written a relatable book for children—actually anyone—in dealing with their jitters. I Can Ski! is much more important than just learning to ski—it teaches children, parents, and teachers life skills and how to handle concerns. I think homes, schools, and public libraries would benefit from this life skills book.

Alyssa Elmore

A little boy struggles with the fear of new experiences in the children's adventure story, I Can Ski! by Claire McGee. When Kevin's older brother Brandon tells him they will be going skiing, he doesn't know how to feel. Kevin's never been skiing before; he hasn't even seen snow. He wants to feel excited, but all he can think about is how he'll have to learn to ski. Even the prospect of seeing snow for the first time can't take his mind off the anxiety of having to ski down a mountain. Doubts and fears cloud his mind as he boards the plane to Denver, Colorado. He becomes more anxious as they take the shuttle to the lodge. Will Kevin be able to face his fears of skiing? Or will he be too afraid to try?

I Can Ski! by Claire McGee is a beautifully written children's picture book adventure, perfect for a diverse audience. Every child experiences fears or feels anxious about new things in their life, whether it's about trying something different, going to a new place, or simply pushing oneself out of their comfort zone. Ms. McGee takes her characters on a journey to discover how to deal with anxiety over new things with a more positive mindset. With a Master's Degree in Counseling, Ms. McGee uses her knowledge to help families learn how to address their fears, anxieties, and concerns from a place of understanding. With lovely illustrations, fun characters, and an empowering storyline, this book is perfect for children ages 4-7.

Kevin

Loved it! This book is amazing.