The most inspiring people in the world started with a dream that a lot of other people thought wasn’t possible.
Welcome to one of the December 27th stops on the blog tour for You Can Do Anything by Danni Maynard with Goddess Fish Promotions. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for spotlights, reviews, author guest posts & interviews, and a giveaway! More on that at the end of this post.
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About the Book
You Can Do Anything
by Danni Maynard
Published 30 March 2021
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Page Count: 24
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The most inspiring people in the world started with a dream that a lot of other people thought wasn’t possible. By setting their minds to something and working hard, they proved that their dream was achievable. Dream big and be what you want to be.
When I am a lawyer I will stand up and be proud. I will shout to the world, “I can be anything,” OUT LOUD.
To the airport I’ll go and fly in the sky, because I am a pilot who loves being up high.
On weekends I will sail to the sea and the ocean, my smile will be huge when the waves are in motion.
It is great to be a girl in the world of today, I can be anything and I still get to play.
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I was granted complimentary access to You Can Do Anything by Danni Maynard as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Goddess Fish Promotions. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
I had the rare opportunity to review this while visiting family for the holidays and that family happens to include two primary grade teachers! Our individual ratings average out to 4.5 stars.
You Can Do Anything is a story about a little girl who dreams of being anything in the world, but most of all a pilot. She muses about how not too many generations ago, women couldn’t do “boy things” and only stayed home, but now women can be anything in the whole world!
Our collective thoughts are that the story is great and the illustrations are beautiful. One of the two teachers reviewing it with me would buy it for her classroom. Our nitpicks are primarily in text formatting and a couple of word choices that sacrificed grammar in favour of the rhyming metre. Each page has two sentences with natural pauses, as it is written as if presented in four-line stanzas. Since the text is one its own white page next to illustration pages, not overlapped, we would like to have seen it actually formatted as four lines.
One of the two teachers reviewing with me was particularly concerned about the formatting on the page about shouting “I can do anything,” OUT LOUD. We’re not sure why OUT LOUD is capitalized. If anything should be in all-caps it would make more sense for it to be the dialogue. Additionally, the accompanying illustration that depicts our main character as a grown woman saying “I can do anything” in a speech bubble, we’re wondering why there isn’t any punctuation in that speech bubble. The story lines suggest there should be an exclamation mark because she’s shouting it, but there isn’t even a period for an evenly spoken statement.
Overall everyone thinks this is a cute story with a great message and beautiful illustrations. Again, one of the two teachers who reviewed with me would purchase it.
About the Author
Danni Maynard grew up dreaming big and wanting to break the stereotype of what women were ‘meant’ to be. She is a lecturer in aviation, a pilot and is working towards her doctorate in, you guessed it, aviation. Danni is still dreaming and has turned her attention to encouraging young minds of today to dream along with her. She is a strong believer in supporting kids to pursue their passions no matter what the world tells them they can or cannot do.
She brings this passion to her daily life as a mother of three amazing children who are constantly reminded that they are allowed to imagine a life that encompasses fantasies, aspirations and ambitions. This attitude to life was shaped by her mum, who is a powerful and supportive role model in Danni’s life and sculpted her to be an independent and strong-minded thinker. Danni also dedicates time to Women in Aviation – Australian Chapter to educate and inspire young girls about the fascinating industry that is aviation and the opportunities it presents to women.
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