by Bernard Waber


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Courage by Bernard Waber

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618238552
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 108,805
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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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

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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