Courage

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What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.

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Overview

What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.

Provides examples of the many kinds of courage found in everyday life and in unusual circumstances, from tasting the vegetable before making a face to being a firefighter or police officer.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
In this poignant yet entertaining volume, versatile author and artist Waber takes a look at the various ways in which kids, the occasional grown-up and one endearing canine display bravery.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

“…this [book] develops a timely topic in simple, sensitive ways.” Kirkus Reviews

“…this title may prove a valuable discussion starter, heavier on charm than on didacticism.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Veteran author-illustrator Waber offers a simple book with his familiar combination of crayon-colored sweetness and agitated line.” Booklist, ALA

Publishers Weekly
In this poignant yet entertaining volume, versatile author and artist Waber (The Mouse That Snored) takes a look at the various ways in which kids, the occasional grown-up and one endearing canine display bravery. "There are many kinds of courage," the narrative begins. "Awesome kinds" appears on a spread of trapeze artists; "everyday kinds" depicts a boy who summons the confidence to jump off a high dive. Minimal yet artfully crafted text and sprightly art reveal some gutsy acts that all youngsters will identify with: taking that first bike ride without training wheels, explaining the rip in a brand-new pair of pants. The author's observations range from lighthearted ("Courage is deliberately stepping on sidewalk cracks") to those worthy of reflection ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument"). Waber's wit infuses many of the pages, including one from a dog's viewpoint: a "Beware of Dog" sign adorns the front lawn of a house while, inside, a pooch quakes listening to eerie sounds "Courage is it's your job to check out the night noises in the house." On the affecting, timely penultimate spread, scenes of firefighters and a police officer on the job ("Courage is being a firefighter, or a police officer") appear opposite the image of a mother and two children watching a plane take off ("Courage is sometimes having to say goodbye"). Uncovering an array of triumphs and fears, this is a natural read-aloud likely to spark valuable adult-child dialogue and to help youngsters conquer their own fears. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
What is courage? Webster may have a definition that is a little bit different than the one given in this book. Is courage climbing to the top of a high dive and jumping? Is it saying, "I'm sorry" after an argument? Is it keeping a juicy secret? Courage is this and more. There are many kinds of courage. This thought provoking picture book explores 32 pages worth of different types of courage. "Courage is courage, whatever kind." The profound book can be a message to be used for children and adults alike. It will show how they have courage, and what it means to have it. The simple illustrations accentuate the statements made in this beautiful book. They show action as well as feeling. 2002, Houghton Mifflin Company,
— Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Focusing on a variety of scenarios, from the serious ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument") to the more lighthearted ("Courage is tasting the vegetable before making a face"), Waber introduces children to the many ways to define this character trait. One or two statements appear on each page, accompanied by a whimsical pen-and-ink and watercolor illustration that offers an amusing interpretation of the captionlike text. Some examples seem to fit attributes other than courage more precisely ("Courage is two candy bars and saving one for tomorrow"), but children will certainly relate to most of them. A good read-aloud to spark conversation about what courage is and isn't, and the many forms it takes.-Jessica Snow, Boston Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Veteran Waber moves from the stridency of Fast Food! Gulp! Gulp! (2001) to a more reflective tally of everyday situations that require courage. His clearest examples range from specific challenges, such as "Courage is riding your bicycle for the first time without training wheels," to such general experiences as trying new foods, breaking bad habits, or "holding on to your dream." Too often, however, he wanders confusingly afield; readers may wonder, for example, what's courageous about admiring but not picking flowers, or "not peeking at the last pages of your whodunit." Wobbly-lined cartoons add touches of humor, while clearing up some of the more elliptical references in the one-liner captions. More suitable for a discussion starter than independent reading, this develops a timely topic in simple, sensitive ways. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618238552
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 61,764
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    The Many Faces Of Courage

    As Maya Angelou has said 'One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.' If you agree with this philosophy, then you realize that courage, as character, must be fostered and developed. Bernard Waber's book works so well because it shows young readers the many faces of courage. There are the obvious kinds -firefighters entering a burning building, mountain climbers scaling the heights - involving people and actions which youngsters find heroic, larger than life-size. But children will realize, thanks to this insightful book, that ordinary, everday actions also require courage, whether it's breaking bad habits, holding on to your dreams, or being the first to apologize after an argument. Even acts of common courtesy may display courage in action. This book encourages youngsters to go on in the face of adversity and feel good about themselves for doing so. It should serve as an excellent starting point for parents to discuss this important topic with their children. Those who enjoy this book may also enjoy another picture book, Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee - A Bee's Bit of Wisdom. In it, a young girl uncertain of her abilities learns the value of courage when faced with a challenge. Readers will learn that facing a challenge - finding the courage to do so - is a rewarding life lesson. To paraphrase Maya Angelou once more, 'Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.' Those who read Courage will undoubtedly agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Absolutely wonderful!!

    There is absolutely nothing more inspiring than a "good" book. This happens to be one. If you are looking for a story to read to your children, this is the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I got this gift for an inquisitive five yr. old boy. It was perfect. The little book is lovely. It helps kids to know that you don't have to be a super heroe to have courage!

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