When a little boy can't keep up with the other kids, his new friend Yeti reveals a trick that makes all the difference.
Some days it seems like everybody is bigger, stronger, and faster than you, and that has one little boy feeling blue. Fortunately, a surprising someone steps in to help--a big, hairy Yeti--along with some very impressive relatives: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and the Abominable Snow Monster! But it is Yeti who claims to be the most powerful one in his family, all because of . . . the POWER OF YETI! This is the power that comes with knowing you can succeed, but it will take time and effort. And thanks to Yeti’s words of encouragement, the boy starts looking at things in a new light. He doesn't know how to tie his shoelaces . . . YETi! And he's not great at making soccer goals . . . YETi! He might not be the biggest, strongest, or fastest kid on the playground, but it turns out he's still pretty powerful and full of potential--all because of the power of YETi.
About the Author
Rebecca Van Slyke (RebeccaVanSlyke.com) is the author of Lexie the Word Wrangler, Mom School, and Dad School. Born in Washington State, she has also lived in Texas, New Mexico, Indiana, and Colorado. She studied marine biology and has a teaching degree, as well as a master of fine arts degree in writing. Currently, she teaches second grade in Lynden, Washington, where she lives with her husband and two spoiled dachshunds.
G. Brian Karas (GBrianKaras.com) is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including As an Oak Tree Grows and Atlantic. He also illustrated The Boy Who Loved Maps (by Kari Allen); Lemonade in Winter (by Emily Jenkins); Clever Jack Takes the Cake (by Candace Fleming); and The Little Library, The Dinosaur Expert, and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (all by Margaret McNamara). He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
“A child builds confidence and skills alongside a Yeti. . . . Chunky block lettering for exclamations, varied layouts, and action-focused illustrations of the other creatures using the power of YETi do double duty as entertainment and inspiration. Even though the big concepts about learning life skills and loving who you are come into play, the banter between the Yeti and the child is hilarious and effortless. Readers will start thinking about new talents to master and will be sure to adopt a positive learning mindset with Yeti on their side. Equal parts silly and seriously motivating.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The ambling cryptids assure their small-footed friend that their own skills—in everything from basketball to ballet—developed with time, practice, and persistence. . . . The straightforward presentation makes for a practicable introduction that will make even the biggest and hairiest challenges seem more approachable.” —The Horn Book