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A story about self-esteem
Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 24
Themes: courage, bullying, self-esteem, cycling, bikes
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2015
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Shaun is strong enough to know that even things that don't come easily can be mastered through determination and hard work. Learning to ride his two-wheeler with the help of his friend Nadia, he overcomes his fear and the teasing of the other children in the park and manages to impress friends and bullies alike.

Publishers Weekly
... [Qin] Leng’s sensitive and occasionally humorous illustrations create a warm, supportive, and diverse environment (Nadia’s headscarf suggests she is Muslim, though it doesn’t factor into the plot) for this encouraging story to unfold.
Canadian Children's Book News
In Never Give Up, a commendable and refreshing touch is that Nadia's wearing of the hijab figures naturally and subtly. A cast of multicultural characters populates the supportive environments depicted in Qin Leng's sensitive illustrations.
Littlest Bookshelf
The lessons in the story aren’t diluted for the book’s younger audience but rather are presented in a mature way for them to wrestle with...The characters’ diversity is presented with maturity and subtlety. The cultural differences between the children aren’t used as a learning device to explain the important of self-confidence.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Never Give Up is an excellent story for bedtime, and it’s great for use for bigger conversations with kids about self esteem, bullying, and learning new things.
CanLit for Little Canadians
Kathryn Cole’s messages in Never Give Up and Reptile Flu are so positive and told in such familiar scenarios that all young readers will easily find themselves empathizing with the characters who try to develop new skills or face difficulties with communication. And, even better, they will actually see themselves in the book, so incredibly inclusive in the families displayed and the skin, clothing, names, and body types of the children within.

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