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How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion

To a rock climber, a boulder is called a "problem," and you solve it by climbing to the top. There are twists and turns, falls and scrapes, and obstacles that seem insurmountable until you learn to see the possibilities within them. And then there is the moment of triumph, when there's nothing above you but sky and nothing below but a goal achieved.

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the world's youngest and most skilled climbers, draws on her experience as a world-class climber in this story that challenges readers to tackle the problems in their own lives and rise to greater heights than they would have ever thought possible. Her true story of strength and perseverance — in rock climbing and in life — is sure to inspire kids as they wrestle with their own problems, no matter where they lead.

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"Problems, whether on rock or in life, can look 'tremendously endless' to anyone, even Ashima, depicted here as a 13-year-old. But when she compares individual holds to the shape of her mother’s bolts of fabric or of her father’s elbow in a dance, she connects with the route, finding her way up the rock. However, her ascent isn’t perfect, and her first fall is depicted, boldly, on a vertical double-page spread.... Both a riveting narrative and an excellent guide for young readers to try, try again." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Ashima Shiraishi
Illustrator Yao Xiao
ISBN 1524773271
Publication Date Apr 7, 2020
Publisher Random House
Language English