SLOWER THAN THE REST

An anonymous person once said, “It is not what you are that holds you back. It is what you think you are not.” In the book,  Slower Than the Rest by Cynthia Rylant, is about a boy who struggles with self confidence and doubt. This boy is Leo, Leo thinks he is slow, and that he can never be happy, until he met Charlie. Some people may think Slower Than the Rest by Cynthia Rylant is about a boy who is slow, but it’s actually about not doubting yourself.

To begin with, Slower Than the Rest is about not doubting yourself. In the beginning Leo always thinks that he is slow, and that he is unworthy. For example on page 2 paragraph 2, the text says, “ He hadn’t many friends because he was slower than the rest.” Leo keeps doubting himself because he isn’t very confident. Another example was on page 2, the text says ,“ That was the his father said it: slower than the rest.” I think, that one of the reasons Leo is always doubting himself is the fact that his  father isn’t very supportive. As you can see Leo is always doubting himself.

Next, Slower Than the Rest is about not doubting yourself. Leo doesn’t think he is good enough, so Leo isn’t happy anymore. For example on page 2 paragraph 3, the text says, “  Leo was slow in reading, slow in numbers, slow in nearly everything that passed between him in the classroom.” Another example was on page 5, the text says, “ Mostly he talked about Charlie.” This makes me think, that Leo is proud of Charlie, and Charlie gives him strength. This shows that Leo is getting more confident.

Finally, Slower Than the Rest is about not doubting yourself. Leo started out not confident but now Leo is more confident. For example on page 2, the text says, “and placed in a room with other children who were as slow as he was Leo thought he would never get over it. He saw no way to be happy after that.” At first Leo was an unhappy kid, but then he met Charlie, who changed Leo’s life. I also noticed on page7, the text says, “That night, alone in his room, holding Charlie on his shoulder, Leo felt proud. And for the first time Leo felt fast.” Leo changes because he realizes  you don’t have to stick to one thing, and now Leo is confident in himself!

To sum up, Slower Than the Rest by Cynthia Rylant is about a unconfident boy who changes, because of his turtle Charlie. I learned that it’s okay if you’re slow but try not to doubt yourself. I hope you have confidence in yourself.

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