Want a way to communicate perseverance to your kids even through self-doubt? These are big lessons even for adults, but now you can introduce your kids to Zippy and Gus who will help them realize that being brave doesn’t mean that you’re never scared. Being brave means that you will push through hard and scary things despite your emotions.
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How Big Is Your Brave? is a new hardcover children’s book written by New York Times Bestselling Author Ruth Soukup.
This children’s book has an inspiring message that is brought to life by cute bunny siblings Zippy and Gus. The illustrations are top-notch, helping kids to get lost in the story. Colorful and imaginative, the graphics add a cheerful feel to the uplifting story.
While you’re reading the story to your kids, you may get lost in the subliminal messaging for adults. Every so often, there was a motivational phrase hidden in the illustrations. My daughter didn’t seem to notice them, but I did.
And as an avid listener of the Do It Scared podcast, I’ve heard author Ruth Soukup talk about these themes many times.
Themes like “Your why must be bigger than your fear.”
Another one is “Action is the antidote to fear.”
Or, “the only thing you can control is you.”
Ruth’s mantra of “doing it scared means facing your fears and taking action anyway” is heard loud and clear through this children’s book.
No one is shamed for being afraid or unsure. But, clearly the implication is that if that stops you, then you are not facing your fears, but rather being controlled by them.
As mom says to Zippy:
Being brave doesn’t mean you’re never scared. Sometimes, courage means taking an action, even when you feel afraid.How Big Is Your Brave?
Zippy the bunny isn’t sure she can compete in the rocket competition with the other animals. She isn’t sure she will be good enough. But as she continues to take action, attend space camp, and work on her rocket, she feels her emotions changing and the nervousness going away.
By the end of the story, Zippy has conquered her fears by pushing through them, taking action, and having big dreams. She still hasn’t gone to space, but who knows? It still may happen because Zippy has learned to persevere through being scared.
Do you have a child who could use this story? Then check it out! You won’t be disappointed by the natural prose and beautiful illustrations. It’s a sweet book.