- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Self-Published; 1st edition (September 12, 2016)
- ISBN-10: 0692755632
- ISBN-13: 978-0692755631
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Rocky Start Paperback – September 12, 2016
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2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Award winner ‘“A Rocky Start” gives you a brief glimpse into the life of a boy and how he decided to become the educator he is today. My hope is that this simple story will have a profound impact on the lives of many children. Background: My name is Anthony Tucker ‑ I am a public school teacher based in the South Bronx. As you know the South Bronx is one of the most impoverished communities in the country, home primarily to African American and Hispanic communities, as reflected in my classroom. My students have few examples of success stories around them, and rarely read stories where the character hails from the same environment. That’s why I thought that telling them my own story would give them inspiration and motivation to keep going, as I essentially come from the same background as they. My school held a storytelling celebration and I decided to write a short story based on my life. I shared the story with the students at my school and received an overwhelming amount of support. I also decided to share the story with friends and colleagues, and many of them suggested I turn it into a picture book. So that’s what I did! I turned it into a picture book. To learn more about the author visit: www.anthony-tucker.com
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A Rocky Start is the story of a boy who grew up not finishing anything. Based on author Anthony Tucker's own life, the book follows our main character into adulthood when he discovers his passion and learns that he can finish what he puts his mind to.
This book is a very simple yet powerful retelling of an important story. Before the book begins, Tucker gives us a foreword to set the stage for why he decided to write this book. He explains that this story is for kids who grow up in poor, urban communities who are in need of success stories and role models. This book is a great stepping stone to fix that problem.
The story itself is very simple, but has some very powerful points to make. To start, there is a certain expectation put on kids shoulders when it comes to deciding what they want to do when they grow up. Tucker addresses this in the foreword. Our nameless character spends a lot of time lacking motivation simply because he does not know what he wants to do with his life. Then, he doesn't make a decision until he is a full grown adult. Not only that but the decision came when the character is just living his life, "hanging out on the block." It shows that your passion can arrive out of the blue in everyday circumstances, and that anyone can discover their dream. This book says, hey, it took him a little while. You can figure it out too. There are many kids who feel the same way and this book may help them in seeing a character who is similar to themselves. The book puts a strong emphasis on passion before anything else. It is discovering his passion that brings our character success.
On top of this, the book has this uplifting theme that if this character can put his mind to something and finish it, so can you. You too can follow your dreams and accomplish your goals. This is a very empowering and important statement for kids who maybe don't receive this type of encouragement on a daily basis.
The books illustrations by Breanne Carlson are also compelling. Sticking to a color scheme of rich browns and orangey-yellows, the images that accompany the story pop in their distinct style.
Overall, this is a great story and an important story. Kids books are a challenge to write, especially one of this nature. It can walk a fine line of talking down to a child. It is a lesson vs. telling a good story. This book manages to do both. Tucker gives us a compelling character that a child can relate to while also giving them an empowering message to take with them as they grow older.
A Rocky Start is an excellent children's book.
A Rocky Start by Anthony Tucker is a moving personal journey. The author shares his life lessons is this touching picture book. The illustrator, Breanne Carlson captures Tucker’s inspiring story as well. The words and images draws the reader in immediately. This book is written with such integrity and pure honesty. As a young person, Anthony’s world was filled with challenging obstacles yet he is determined to succeed. He had collected essential tools along the way and transferred them successfully—finishing college and becoming an educator. Read the insightful forward by the author and the ‘Letter from the artist’. Every library should have a copy of A Rocky Start. This book will motivate readers of all ages.
The only that thing that I would change is the forward. I read the book with my daughter and we both felt that a lot of the book was given away in the forward. But other than that it is a great book for all children.
It is the tale of a young boy growing up in East Harlem. His outlook is bleak and he has no hope or vision for the future. He could have a better future, if he only finished anything he started.
One day he decides to change that future and break out of the negative cycle.
The story is told in simple, accessible language and the art work is quite simply stunning. Breanna Carlson absolutely catches the mood and oppressive atmosphere, so that the author doesn't need words to convey this to the young reader.
This is a story for everyone. It is a story of inclusion, and triumph over adversity. There is no magic formula, the boy simply decides to make a change, for himself and this is all he needs in order to succeed. A powerful message to us all.
The only thing I would have liked to have seen is a few more words in the story as to why the boy never finishes anything. I realize the pictures tell this story poignantly, but a very young child may benefit from some additional verbal explanation - perhaps asking the child or children why they feel the boy never finished anything, to gauge their comprehension of the story after reading would be helpful.
I think this is a lovely, strong moral story and also a great classroom discussion tool.
Thanks to Anthony Tucker for sharing his motivational story.