Written and illustrated by Ron
40 pages; Dimensions 8.2 x 8.5 in.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books (October
Engaging illustrations and simple
rhymes display the many forms of courage from jumping off the diving
board to protecting your little brother to changing bad habits. The
moral of this heartwarming book, "Courage is what we give each
other," promotes discussions and multiple instructional applications
to current events.
PreSchool-Grade 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.
--School Library Journal
Reasoning and Reading
Students discuss and write about the fears and
phobias that a child at different ages may
experience and what courage might look like in that
situation. Encourage students to explore more than
one age period to compare the similarities and
FROM: Kingore, B. (2012). Bertie's
Austin: PA Publishing.
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.