What Do You Do With a Chance?

Another snow day yesterday left us cooped up at home with three very energetic girls and no real agenda at hand. We decided to read this new favorite again, which was a recent gift from Grandma.


I have to admit, I’d seen rave reviews on this title from many of my favorite Instagram accounts, but the cover just didn’t call out to me, so unfortunately I never even gave it a chance until now.

It’s amazing to me how clear and concise the idea of a ‘chance’ can be when paired with a symbolic creature like the yellow butterfly featured inside this book. The tale is beautiful and so meaningful and my two school age girls were able to relate immediately. So many good conversations came out of this book; like times when we missed a chance, or future chances that may be dancing on our shoulders just waiting to be held.


After reading the book we all decided that we wanted a tangible reminder of all the chances we may get in life, so we washed some linen paper in watercolor and made at least 20 origami butterflies. They were gorgeous, all slightly different, and so colorful. My girls took them to school today to hand out to their teachers and friends; as a sweet reminder of taking that chance. 💛

What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom.

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