Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset is a children’s picture book about self-doubt, written by Esther Pia Cordova and illustrated by Maima W. Adiputri. Enna is a young girl who always seems to focus on the things that she is unable to do, often saying that she can't do it when asked. After an amazing dream shows her the unlimited possibilities in store for her future self, however, Enna wakes with a confident smile as she realizes that although she cannot do it now, nothing is stopping her from being able to do it some day. It all depends on the choices Enna makes along the way.
I really loved the positive energy that this story seems to ooze in abundance. Most children have many self-doubts about what the future may bring, as well as doubting their own potential and talent. Esther Pia Cordova’s tale of a young girl with little to no self-belief, yet who emerges with an abundance of confidence about where her future might take her, is one which brought a smile to my face. Too many children are not shown how great they can be if they are patient and believe in themselves, not placing any limitations on what they can or cannot do. Enna, seeing herself in some of the most remarkable roles as an adult, brings about a self-confidence which she has never felt before, and that confidence, in turn, radiated through me as I turned each page. Whether Enna becomes a nurse, a physicist or the head of her own company, the start of that journey is simply to believe, which is something that all children should be encouraged to do. I very much enjoyed I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset and wholeheartedly recommend it to children aged 4-12, so that they can explore the possibilities of what they might some day achieve in their own futures.