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Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! “It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. But it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! “It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. But it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his little sister, Nika, is there to assist, fairy wings and all. With the endearing father-child dynamic of Jabari Jumps and engaging mixed-media illustrations, Gaia Cornwall’s tale shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.


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Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! “It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. But it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! “It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. But it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his little sister, Nika, is there to assist, fairy wings and all. With the endearing father-child dynamic of Jabari Jumps and engaging mixed-media illustrations, Gaia Cornwall’s tale shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.

30 review for Jabari Tries (Jabari, #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    If you loved Jabari Jumps (like I did!) or even if you haven't read it yet, you're going to love this next story! Perfect connection for makerspaces, perseverance, trying new options when things don't work the first time, SEL, how to handle frustration, engineering, STEAM, family supporting each other, and teamwork, this is a must-add to any elementary school library. Perfect pair with Jabari Jumps, The Rabbit Listened, Allie All Along, & The Most Magnificent Thing. If you loved Jabari Jumps (like I did!) or even if you haven't read it yet, you're going to love this next story! Perfect connection for makerspaces, perseverance, trying new options when things don't work the first time, SEL, how to handle frustration, engineering, STEAM, family supporting each other, and teamwork, this is a must-add to any elementary school library. Perfect pair with Jabari Jumps, The Rabbit Listened, Allie All Along, & The Most Magnificent Thing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I was a huge fan of Jabari Jumps, and it is a read aloud favourite at my school, so when I saw that there was a new Jabari book on Edelweiss +'s list, I requested it immediately and felt lucky to get to review this one. Once again, Jabari is a young boy trying to stretch himself and complete a tough task. He is challenged by the task and needs to take a moment to collect himself, listen to the advice of his father and accept help in order to complete this STEM tasks. While I did not get as much ou I was a huge fan of Jabari Jumps, and it is a read aloud favourite at my school, so when I saw that there was a new Jabari book on Edelweiss +'s list, I requested it immediately and felt lucky to get to review this one. Once again, Jabari is a young boy trying to stretch himself and complete a tough task. He is challenged by the task and needs to take a moment to collect himself, listen to the advice of his father and accept help in order to complete this STEM tasks. While I did not get as much out of the art in this book (there are some changes in vantage point as was the case in Gaia Cornwall's last Jabari book that are good but they do not work as well as in the first one) compared to Jabari Jumps, I loved the message for kids who have to persevere through tough tasks. I think kids are going to love this one just as much as the earlier Jabari book. For some of the older (kids or adults) readers of this one, there are some names of inventors in the background of one of the pages and instead of using some of the white centered inventors that typically come up in STEM titles, I thought it was great that Gaia Cornwall chose to highlight BIPOC inventors and scientists that are far less famous for their amazing achievements (Lewis Howard Latimer, Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal, Roy Allela and Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson). I am not super knowledge when it comes to inventors and I had to google a few of these names. Their work could make a great jumping off point for discussions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    I loved Jabari Jumps, but this second book didn't quite hit the same note for me. Jabari is working on a flying machine and needs a little help. A good message of never giving up, and accepting help (even if it's from your little sister!) I loved Jabari Jumps, but this second book didn't quite hit the same note for me. Jabari is working on a flying machine and needs a little help. A good message of never giving up, and accepting help (even if it's from your little sister!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Jabari wants to make a flying machine. He told his dad and sister that he did not need any help. He was very disappointed when it did not work. He tried again. He let his sister help. Still, it didn't work. Finally he took a little rest with his dad and his dad taught him a great strategy to try when things don't work. And he succeeded. A thoughtful maker-space sort of story, with bonus points for sharing strategies that enhance persistence and for patient parents. Jabari wants to make a flying machine. He told his dad and sister that he did not need any help. He was very disappointed when it did not work. He tried again. He let his sister help. Still, it didn't work. Finally he took a little rest with his dad and his dad taught him a great strategy to try when things don't work. And he succeeded. A thoughtful maker-space sort of story, with bonus points for sharing strategies that enhance persistence and for patient parents.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    Jabari wants to build flying machine. Little sister wants to help, but Jabari's convinced he can do it all on his own. After some frustrating setbacks, is Jabari open to accepting some help? This is a good story for any kids who struggle with needing to get things perfect, with some good strategies for dealing with the frustration that happens when things don't work out the first time around. Jabari wants to build flying machine. Little sister wants to help, but Jabari's convinced he can do it all on his own. After some frustrating setbacks, is Jabari open to accepting some help? This is a good story for any kids who struggle with needing to get things perfect, with some good strategies for dealing with the frustration that happens when things don't work out the first time around.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori Lewis

    Jabari and his dad, characters that we met and loved in Jabari Jumps, are back in a second book! This book is absolutely fantastic! There are so many things to love about this book! The way Jabari's dad gently suggests and encourages him is wonderful. The perseverance that Jabari exhibits as he works through his STEAM type creation building and problem solving will make this a favorite read aloud in many classrooms and libraries. Jabari and his dad, characters that we met and loved in Jabari Jumps, are back in a second book! This book is absolutely fantastic! There are so many things to love about this book! The way Jabari's dad gently suggests and encourages him is wonderful. The perseverance that Jabari exhibits as he works through his STEAM type creation building and problem solving will make this a favorite read aloud in many classrooms and libraries.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    I've read this to two classes so far for Mock Caldecott, and I love that they love the message. Keep trying, Jabari! Keep helping, Nika! I've read this to two classes so far for Mock Caldecott, and I love that they love the message. Keep trying, Jabari! Keep helping, Nika!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I was convinced this would be a difficult book to follow up with after Jabari Jumps. I was wrong. Jabari Tries was fantastic!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great book that came with our Art Lit box. Darling illustrations, wonderful message and terrific information. My grandkids will love it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benji Martin

    I'll admit that I was skeptical . I love Jabari Jumps so much, I was afraid of a letdown. There isn't one, though. Jabari Tries does it's own thing, and just as well. I'll admit that I was skeptical . I love Jabari Jumps so much, I was afraid of a letdown. There isn't one, though. Jabari Tries does it's own thing, and just as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Swallowtail

    Jabari Jumps is one of my favorite picture books but I don't know, this just didn't do it for me. It has BEAUTIFUL illustrations and a very cute message but I just feel like I've read this same story multiple times in other books. My favorite part though was Nika's enthusiastic "ME!" throughout the whole book. That was precious. Jabari Jumps is one of my favorite picture books but I don't know, this just didn't do it for me. It has BEAUTIFUL illustrations and a very cute message but I just feel like I've read this same story multiple times in other books. My favorite part though was Nika's enthusiastic "ME!" throughout the whole book. That was precious.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Jabari wants to build a flying machine that will fly across the backyard, but all his attempts seem to be failing. His dad suggests that Jabari let his sister Nika help, but their ideas don't seem to work either. After a little break, and some advice from his dad, Jabari decides to try again. This follows the same story arc as Jabari Jumps and is easy to follow. I personally liked Jumps better than this companion. Jabari wants to build a flying machine that will fly across the backyard, but all his attempts seem to be failing. His dad suggests that Jabari let his sister Nika help, but their ideas don't seem to work either. After a little break, and some advice from his dad, Jabari decides to try again. This follows the same story arc as Jabari Jumps and is easy to follow. I personally liked Jumps better than this companion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Candlewick through Edelweiss+. Jabari is back and this time he wants to fly a plane across their backyard. He learns several lessons before the plane flies. He learns about patience and perseverance as well as working with a partner (his little sister). By the end, they have successfully flown a plane and begun to dream about their next invention. Cornwall captures the joy of a family afternoon. The illustrations show the emotions and details of the experiments. Lo I received an electronic ARC from Candlewick through Edelweiss+. Jabari is back and this time he wants to fly a plane across their backyard. He learns several lessons before the plane flies. He learns about patience and perseverance as well as working with a partner (his little sister). By the end, they have successfully flown a plane and begun to dream about their next invention. Cornwall captures the joy of a family afternoon. The illustrations show the emotions and details of the experiments. Looking forward to more of Jabari's adventures.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    I adore Jabari Jumps, so I will always read Jabari books. This one read more like an episode of Caillou--Jabari couldn't find a way to make his plane fly across the yard, but with some cooperation from his sister, he makes it work. Some good emotion-management techniques in here, but overall it felt a bit didactic to me. I adore Jabari Jumps, so I will always read Jabari books. This one read more like an episode of Caillou--Jabari couldn't find a way to make his plane fly across the yard, but with some cooperation from his sister, he makes it work. Some good emotion-management techniques in here, but overall it felt a bit didactic to me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    If you've read Jabari Jumps, you know that he has some experience with courage, yet in this story, Jabari figures out that a few other attributes are needed. Persistence and asking for help are two. He decides he wants to create a flying machine and unfortunately the first attempt is a bust! Little sister Nika keeps saying "me", wanting to help, but Jabari says no, he doesn't need help. After an attempt when he has spent a lot of time designing and creating a longer launch machine and it, too, If you've read Jabari Jumps, you know that he has some experience with courage, yet in this story, Jabari figures out that a few other attributes are needed. Persistence and asking for help are two. He decides he wants to create a flying machine and unfortunately the first attempt is a bust! Little sister Nika keeps saying "me", wanting to help, but Jabari says no, he doesn't need help. After an attempt when he has spent a lot of time designing and creating a longer launch machine and it, too, fails, it's "Zip, flip, swoosh around, up, Smash!" His dad suggests that Nika really wants to help, that great inventors often have partners. There is more to Jabari's (and Nika's) tries, with Gaia Cornwell's color-filled collaged pages showing all the complicated inventions, a page of past inventors who, Jabari remembers, use creativity to solve problems, and a sweet moment when Nika squeezes Jabari's hand, hopeful for this "next" take-off. It's a story of kids creating, wanting to make things work, and needing a loving nudge from an adult, this time Dad, also some support from a little sister! Thanks to Candlewick Press for this copy!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    A worthy title to follow up the author’s excellent Jabari Jumps, which is a story time staple. This time, Jabari is on dry land and takes on a STEM project. He wants to build a flying machine that will fly all the way across the yard. He dons a hard hat, gloves and safety glasses and gets serious. But after several failures he is ready to give up. His little sister, Nika, is a bit taller than the previous title, and keeps saying “Me!”, and wanting to help. Finally Jabari allows her input, and to A worthy title to follow up the author’s excellent Jabari Jumps, which is a story time staple. This time, Jabari is on dry land and takes on a STEM project. He wants to build a flying machine that will fly all the way across the yard. He dons a hard hat, gloves and safety glasses and gets serious. But after several failures he is ready to give up. His little sister, Nika, is a bit taller than the previous title, and keeps saying “Me!”, and wanting to help. Finally Jabari allows her input, and together they try again, together. I love that Jabari thinks of himself as an engineer, and wonders how famous African American engineers, scientists and inventors he knows about would have solved the problem – their names and portraits appear as a thought over his head. (It would have been great if short biographies of these folks had been included at the end.) It’s great for readers to see siblings of different ages collaborating on a project. Cornwall’s wonderful mixed media art depicts the African American family with affection. It’s a perfect STEM story for younger readers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eve Costarelli

    Jabari is at it again! He does not let failure get him down. He uses creative thought to problem solve and just has a total CAN DO attitude! The book has a great non-fiction element that celebrates black scientists and doctors who help to fire up Jabari’s determination to figure things out. Jabari is honest and he gets frustrated, but his dad brings in the mindfulness aspect that scientists really need and after a few calming breaths, Jabari is ready to give it another try. Through his efforts, Jabari is at it again! He does not let failure get him down. He uses creative thought to problem solve and just has a total CAN DO attitude! The book has a great non-fiction element that celebrates black scientists and doctors who help to fire up Jabari’s determination to figure things out. Jabari is honest and he gets frustrated, but his dad brings in the mindfulness aspect that scientists really need and after a few calming breaths, Jabari is ready to give it another try. Through his efforts, Jabari learns compromise and cooperation and through just enough action and rest time, he learns how to be successful and how to have fun! The illustrations are fun and I just love the Rube Goldberg machines they come up with and the happy way a family interacts and relies on each other for support and love. Very sweet STEAM focused book and an inspirational story of perseverance, problem solving and creativity.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Agnes

    "Jabari tries" is a brand new book published in September 2020 and reviewed as "Jabari succeeds, and so does this book" on Kirkus Reviews website. The main character Jabari decides to build a flying machine, and his sister Nika wants to help him. However, Jabari's mind is set. He doesn't need any help; he will build it by himself. After spending a lot of time trying to make it fly, Jabari gets frustrated. His dad teaches him to take a deep breath, "blow away all the mixed feeling inside," and le "Jabari tries" is a brand new book published in September 2020 and reviewed as "Jabari succeeds, and so does this book" on Kirkus Reviews website. The main character Jabari decides to build a flying machine, and his sister Nika wants to help him. However, Jabari's mind is set. He doesn't need any help; he will build it by himself. After spending a lot of time trying to make it fly, Jabari gets frustrated. His dad teaches him to take a deep breath, "blow away all the mixed feeling inside," and let Nika be his partner. "Lot's of great inventors have had partners," he says. Jabari agrees, tries again, and this time succeeds, feeling like a great engineer. This is a great book for teaching about interpersonal relations, SEL, and overcoming challenges. I recommend it for children in grades K through 3rd.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Doyon

    The sequel to the award-winning Jabari Jumps doesn't disappoint. Jabari, now a bit older and a big brother to sister Nika, has his perseverance tested again when he tries to create his own flying machine. Despite careful planning and a well-executed model it just doesn't work. With the help of his sister and some fatherly advice, Jabari tries again and again to get his idea to fruition. The perfect mentor text for Growth Mindset/SEL lessons on perseverance, creative thinking and teamwork. I think The sequel to the award-winning Jabari Jumps doesn't disappoint. Jabari, now a bit older and a big brother to sister Nika, has his perseverance tested again when he tries to create his own flying machine. Despite careful planning and a well-executed model it just doesn't work. With the help of his sister and some fatherly advice, Jabari tries again and again to get his idea to fruition. The perfect mentor text for Growth Mindset/SEL lessons on perseverance, creative thinking and teamwork. I think I liked this book more than the first! Recommend for kids in grades K-3.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    Even if you haven't met (and loved) Jabari in his earlier story, JABARI JUMPS, you'll enjoy him here in his ambitious goal to build something that will fly all the way across the yard. The family (dad, little sister) play key roles from opposite directions. Dad is quietly supportive without taking over, intros case encouraging Jabari to believe in himself although frustrated (as he did when Jabari faced his fears in the prior book). The younger sister is eager to help and join the project, with Even if you haven't met (and loved) Jabari in his earlier story, JABARI JUMPS, you'll enjoy him here in his ambitious goal to build something that will fly all the way across the yard. The family (dad, little sister) play key roles from opposite directions. Dad is quietly supportive without taking over, intros case encouraging Jabari to believe in himself although frustrated (as he did when Jabari faced his fears in the prior book). The younger sister is eager to help and join the project, with her own persistence leading to a good result for both. Plenty of STEM connection and satisfying character development.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Julie Kirchner

    Thank you to Edelweiss and Candlewick for giving me the chance to preview this E-ARC. So much to love about this second Jabari story. Jabari is attempting to get his plane to fly, without much luck. His little sister wants to help, and reluctantly, with dad's encouragement, Jabari accepts an assistant. Still, even with sister's help, no luck getting the plane to fly and frustration sets in. This book teaches about perseverance, how to deal with disappointment and frustration, working together, an Thank you to Edelweiss and Candlewick for giving me the chance to preview this E-ARC. So much to love about this second Jabari story. Jabari is attempting to get his plane to fly, without much luck. His little sister wants to help, and reluctantly, with dad's encouragement, Jabari accepts an assistant. Still, even with sister's help, no luck getting the plane to fly and frustration sets in. This book teaches about perseverance, how to deal with disappointment and frustration, working together, and celebrates young engineers! This will be a fantastic addition to our school library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    FM Family

    My 3.5 year old loves this one. I found it a bit more heavy handed than Jabari Jumps, but she's a big fan. Also I still feel conflicted that this series is written and illustrated by a white woman in 2020, but at the same time I appreciate that she's not just putting out a book about a white child in this situation. Like Ada Twist Scientist in that it explores STEM themes in an accessible way, also includes siblings annoying eachother and then working together. Worth a read if you liked Jabari J My 3.5 year old loves this one. I found it a bit more heavy handed than Jabari Jumps, but she's a big fan. Also I still feel conflicted that this series is written and illustrated by a white woman in 2020, but at the same time I appreciate that she's not just putting out a book about a white child in this situation. Like Ada Twist Scientist in that it explores STEM themes in an accessible way, also includes siblings annoying eachother and then working together. Worth a read if you liked Jabari Jumps!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Jabari is back and it sure is lovely to drop in on him again. This time, he's planning to build a flying machine. Nika would love to help, but he rebuffs her. He fails again and again despite his careful planning and tinkering. Eventually, he allows Nika to help. And what a great big brother he is! His dad helps him breathe through his frustration. STEM themes throughout from end page to end page. This is an adorable story about a relatable problem. Loved it. Jabari is back and it sure is lovely to drop in on him again. This time, he's planning to build a flying machine. Nika would love to help, but he rebuffs her. He fails again and again despite his careful planning and tinkering. Eventually, he allows Nika to help. And what a great big brother he is! His dad helps him breathe through his frustration. STEM themes throughout from end page to end page. This is an adorable story about a relatable problem. Loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    We fell in love with Jabari Jumps, so when we knew a new one was coming out, couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. And we were not disappointed. Jabari’s back, with another daunting task: creating a flying machine. Failure after failure results in some seriously angry and disappointed feelings. Will Jabari be able to resolve those feelings and continue his efforts? Perhaps with some help from Dad and Sister. Great opportunities to talk about feelings, collaboration, and perseverance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I loved Jabari Jumps. This second book about Jabari was not as successful for me. Jabari learns persistence and a bit about teamwork as he invents and builds a flying contraption. He is still a winsome child in a loving family with a wise father who always says just the right thing. It seemed just a bit too didactic, but children may not notice. Many tie-ins are possible for STEM and SEL.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Another easy read to add to your diverse children's books list! Jabari navigates the scientific process, emotions, and research in this book, so it would also be great for a STEM story time. A few names of POC inventors/scientists are also mentioned, so it's a great jumping off point for exploring the lives of those read people, too. Another easy read to add to your diverse children's books list! Jabari navigates the scientific process, emotions, and research in this book, so it would also be great for a STEM story time. A few names of POC inventors/scientists are also mentioned, so it's a great jumping off point for exploring the lives of those read people, too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    EARC from Edelweiss Plus What a great follow up to Jabari Jumps. It is a perfect choice for sharing in the classroom when talking about persistence, and it pairs nicely with Spires' The Most Magnificent Thing. EARC from Edelweiss Plus What a great follow up to Jabari Jumps. It is a perfect choice for sharing in the classroom when talking about persistence, and it pairs nicely with Spires' The Most Magnificent Thing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    Really nice, simple book with self-regulation modeling, sibling cooperation, STEAM elements . . . checks a lot of different boxes without sacrificing story. *I received a free e-ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbra

    When Jabari decides to make a machine that will fly across the yard it turns out to be harder than he thought. With a little help from his sister, determination and creative thought he accomplishes his task. Encouragement from his father and perserverance are the key to his success.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Jabari is determined to make a flying machine by himself, with no help from anyone. His frustrations increases with each failed attempt. With advice from his father he takes a brief rest, and accepts his sister's help as a partner, and together the solve the problem. Jabari is determined to make a flying machine by himself, with no help from anyone. His frustrations increases with each failed attempt. With advice from his father he takes a brief rest, and accepts his sister's help as a partner, and together the solve the problem.

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