Sheila Rae, the Brave

Sheila Rae, the Brave

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by Kevin Henkes

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Sheila Rae the mouse isn't afraid of anything—until she tries a new way home and gets lost. Then it is her "scaredy-cat" sister, Louise, who shows her a thing or two about bravery—and sibling love.


Sheila Rae the mouse isn't afraid of anything—until she tries a new way home and gets lost. Then it is her "scaredy-cat" sister, Louise, who shows her a thing or two about bravery—and sibling love.

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''

Product Details

Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author of Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly's Big Day, Wemberly Worried, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brief Biography

Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Sheila Rae, the Brave 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
azafam5 More than 1 year ago
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.
emhengst More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for my almost 4 year-old daughter and it is wonderful! Great pictures and a great story!!
Lily_Beauxdilly More than 1 year ago
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!
bookloverSJA More than 1 year ago
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.
Sane03 More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.