A Tale of Potential – Author Unknown




What a strange little book this is; no author or illustrator listed, no publishing details, nothing, just a cute, simple tale of potential.


The very sweet, bright, colourful block people recognise that the world around them is changing and if they want to keep up, they will need to change, too. They need to discuss their vision, values, strategies and goals and they need to make a plan for change. They need to have a go!

Why I love it:

Love is probably too strong a word here; this book isn’t an incredibly story or beautifully written and the lack of information about who did write it, makes it a little odd, but I think it would be a useful book for goal-setting and perhaps a great ‘beginning of the year’ book, when you want to talk to your children or students about areas for growth and improvement.

There’s also a great opportunity to develop vocabulary using this text, as there are some quite grown-up concepts and words bandied about.

The best, most engaging thing about A tale of potential is definitely the illustrations, which reminded me of The Day the Crayons Quit, but I don’t know who did the illustrations, so I can’t give them a shout out… odd.

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Honesty
  • Change
  • Adapting
  • Setting goals
  • Making plans
  • Listening to others
  • Collaborating
  • Having a vision
  • Measuring success
  • Aspirations
  • Inspirations
  • Values
  • Having a go

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What do you think the characters on the cover, are?
  • If you had to give each of the four characters, pictured, a name, what would you call them?
  • What do you think the word ‘potential’ means?
  • What does ‘tale’ mean?
  • If we were to use a different word, with a similar meaning, for both ‘tale’ and ‘potential’, what could a new title be for this book?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • Did you come across any new words?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book? What were they trying to achieve?
  • If you made a plan for your future, what would you like to change/improve?
  • Look at the inside covers, what do you notice is missing? Why do you think this is?
  • Do you think it’s important to plan out changes?
  • If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you like to have a go at?

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