Thursday 24 June 2021

You are a Champion: How to be the BEST You Can Be

You are a Champion: How to be the BEST You Can Be by Marcus Rashford, written by Carl Anka (Macmillan Children’s Books) PB RRP $19.99

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

Better known in the UK where he is an MBE for his contributions to international football and as a child food poverty campaigner, Marcus Rashford has won many accolades and awards. Thus he is probably the best person to guide a book which is an inspiring, empowering, and practical guide to life for young people aged 10 years and older.

From early childhood as a normal child to recent years, Rashford uses his own experiences to give children the tools needed for success, showing that it is possible to achieve dreams, and that success is all about the right mind set. Positive thinking, he says, can change lives. He also says that people should be comfortable with who they are. They should practise like champions and word hard. To this, he adds building mental resilience and standing up for others; navigates adversity and discover the unstoppable power of their own voice. He strongly believes each child is a champion and that they have the power to achieve their dreams.

Each chapter is full of practical advice, engaging illustrations, and infographics, including advice from performance psychologist Katie Warriner. By the time a young person finishes reading this book, they can surely become the best version of themselves. 

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