If I Never Forever Endeavor

If  I Never Forever Endeavor,  written and illustrated  by Holly Meade for children 4-8 yrs of age.  The water-color paintings  are soft and inviting.   This charming treasure  is about  a young bird perched on its nest contemplating whether or not to try its new wings and fly.   The  fledgling considers all the pros and cons of using new wings.   The young bird could fail or succeed, but it won’t know until it tries.   There may be a whole world waiting or it may get lost.   Will the young bird take that great leap and fly?

I first saw this lovely book displayed in the library and the title word endeavor captured my imagination, as it will with children.   I like how Meade introduces an unfamiliar word and weaves it throughout the story.   It will certainly lead to many interesting discussions between children, parents  and teachers.   The book is about finding the courage within to try something new, fully knowing it could result in failure or victory.   This is a book children of all ages will resonate with as they navigate through their lives.   There will always be new choices and opportunities where kids will be challenged to endeavor  and fly.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

11 thoughts on “If I Never Forever Endeavor

  1. What a beautiful little book and post, Pat. I can certainly imagine kids enjoying this and understanding the fear of taking that first leap, that first step…….to fly.
    Thankyou for sharing,…… I must look out for it.


    • It is a beautifully illustrated book — thought of the book you just reviewed about the Korean child. This book was just released in May 2011, so it is new. I was surprised to find it in the library so soon. It is a book I would read often to a child, especially if he/se were contemplating trying something new, but unsure.


  2. Not just kids would benefit from this look at taking that frightening first step, I’m sure. The rhythm and word-style of the title is ringing bells in my mind…but I can’t bring back the other title that it reminds me of.

    Thanks, Pat.


    • Thought of you as I read the book and wrote the review. You would especially love the rythym of this book — it is quite lyrical. And the illustrations really carry the story. Quite a teaching moment.. It was just released in May 2011. I found it at the library,but wished I’d purchased a copy and given it to our great granddaughter who will be starting kindergarten in the fall — even though I handed her a stack of books for her recent birthday.


      • Go ahead and get it for your granddaughter! One can never give a child too many books.


      • Yes, there is always Christmas. But, what she really loves are the Little Bo books. I gave her Little Bo in Italy at Christmas, but the earlier editions are difficult to find. Told her mother to check the library, but she wants to purchase them. There are a few copies of Little Bo in France in the used section. I purchased the original Bo book and gave it to my granddaughter years ago and it no longer exists. 😦


  3. Pat — there are several used copies of both Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea and Little Bo in France listed on abebooks.com, an excellent umbrella site for finding used books. Just watch that you only order things that are listed in “Very Good”, “Near Fine”, “Fine” or “As New” condition. Books listed as “Good” or “Fair” are not in great shape.

    Here’s the link: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=julie&bi=0&bx=off&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=little+bo&x=106&y=8


    • Beth,
      Thanks for letting me know about abebooks.com — never heard of this site. Have always used amazon.com used/new books and done well. But they are low in supply of Little Bo. Passed this along to our granddaughter. Thanks. Now I have another source for books. 🙂


      • You’re welcome! I used to use abebooks as a source when I was ordering out of print books for the library where I worked, and found it a great resource. Now I use it to build my personal library.


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