Sheila Rae, the Brave

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Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Shelia Rae, the Brave is a warm, humorous, and loving story of sibling sympathy and support. Just because Sheila Rae is older, she doesn't always know better!

"I am very brave," Sheila Rae said, patting herself on the back. She wasn't afraid of anything—not thunder, not lightning, not the big black dog at the end of the block. And when she wanted to walk ...

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Overview

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Shelia Rae, the Brave is a warm, humorous, and loving story of sibling sympathy and support. Just because Sheila Rae is older, she doesn't always know better!

"I am very brave," Sheila Rae said, patting herself on the back. She wasn't afraid of anything—not thunder, not lightning, not the big black dog at the end of the block. And when she wanted to walk home a new way and Louise wouldn't, she called her sister a scaredy-cat and set out alone. But all the bravado in the world failed to help when Sheila Rae found herself lost. Luckily, her sister was not far behind.

"Children will love it."—School Library Journal

Supports the Common Core State Standards

When brave Sheila Rae, who usually looks out for her sister Louise, becomes lost and scared one day, Louise comes to the rescue.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The mouse heroine of Henkes's pitch-perfect comedy doesn't frighten easily-she even growls at stray dogs. But when she gets lost, it's her "scaredy cat" sister who helps her find the way home. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Fearless mouse Sheila Rae is not afraid of anything, and she flaunts her confidence by confronting real and imagined terrors daily (her imagined ones are particularly creative and funny). Finally Sheila Rae decides on a new challenge: she will go home from school a new way. When she gets hopelessly lost, her courage falters, but scaredy-cat little sister Louise has been surreptitiously following Sheila Rae, and proves her own bravery by leading her sister safely home. Louise mimics her sister's undaunted style all the way home (``She growled at stray dogs, and bared her teeth at stray cats''), thus providing a strong language pattern for new readers. Bouncy watercolors in spring-like colors with some pen-and-ink detailing highlight Sheila Rae's bravado in an engaging and amusing way, and Henkes provides Sheila Rae, Louise, and their school friends with highly expressive faces. Children will respond to both the humor of the story and the illustrations and to the challenge of facing fears head-on. Librarians can share this one with small groups or recommend it for patrons without fear, for children will love it. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Laura Hamilton does a wonderful job in this reading of Kevin Henkes' popular book (Greenwillow, 1987). Sheila Rae's self-proclaimed bravery is nowhere to be found when she finds herself lost on the way home from school one day. In an act of sibling-love, her little "scaredy-cat" sister helps out and saves the day. Appropriate sound effects are liberally infused in the recording, along with an occasional musical interlude, heightening the feelings of fear, helplessness, and finally triumph that listeners will feel right along with Sheila Rae. Henkes' gift for writing and illustrating is nicely complemented by this recording. Wonderful for read-alongs (especially for little sisters!), this title will be useful for emergent readers as well as general listening.-Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688071554
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 682,260
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; a Caldecott Honor for Owen; two Newbery Honors, one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller; and a Geisel Honor for Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; a Caldecott Honor for Owen; two Newbery Honors, one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller; and a Geisel Honor for Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.

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    1. Hometown:
      Madison, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 27, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Racine, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    Kevin Henkes can do no wrong!

    My 4 and 6 year old daughters love this book. They enjoy reading it and then acting it out together, my 4 year old loves that the little sister gets to be the one to save the day. Wonderful story for any child.

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Excellent!!

    Bought this book for my almost 4 year-old daughter and it is wonderful! Great pictures and a great story!!

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Great for sisters!

    I purchased this book for my daughters and they loved it! The premise of the brave older sister getting in over her head and the younger daughter coming to the rescue is something both my 7 year and 3 year old responded to. Each of my daughters identified with the character they most resembled. The artwork is vivid and they have enjoyed several books in this series by the same author. The books are very individual to themselves and so each one stands entirely on its own. I would recommend this book to anyone with a pair of girls that are adventure loving and confident in their abilities. My older daughter laughs out loud at the "braveness" of Sheila and her resulting antics. Great read!

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great book to read aloud to your kids!

    I would totally recommend all of Kevin Henkes books. We have them all and they make for great reading together time. The characters are charming and the story lines fun and entertaining.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Nice story

    We love Kevin Henkes books. The series are just perfect for kindergarten children. My son just loved it. I reccomend for 5-6 years old children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    Great book.

    A beautiful story for children, especially girls, age 3-6. Younger children will love to have it read to them, and those who can read will enjoy it in a different way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    A brave little mouse

    When Sheila Rae walks home a different way, she decides she's not the bravest. I played Louise's, Sheila's little sister,voice in the CDrom. It was very fun and I really got to know the story well. Now that I am older I am into other books but I always read it when I need a short good book. I recommend this to children under the age of 10. It is a very sweet book and the CDrom is a fun way to see the book come alive.

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