I'll Root for You
I'll Root for You by Edward van de Vendel
, translation: David Colmer
(Eerdmans, 2018, 44 pages)
This delightful poetry collection is the perfect cheerleader for young athletes... especially ones who may not be the most athletic. Edward van de Vendel introduces readers to a world where elephants figure skate, frogs win the Diversity Olympics, and a pig quits the football team for gymnastics, even though everyone laughs at his leotard. Paired with winsome illustrations, the poems -sometimes silly, sometimes sincere- encourage young readers to pursue their goals, try their best, and take pride in themselves, whether they win or lose.