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Courage
Written and illustrated
by Bernard Waber
Ages 4–8 • 40 pages
• Picture book
Full-color illustrations
October 2002
A Walter Lorraine Book

There are many kinds of courage.
Awesome kinds.
And everyday kinds.
Still, courage is courage—
whatever kind.

—from Courage,
by Bernard Waber

Courage leap
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." Explored here are many varied kinds of courage that celebrate the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.

"Minimal yet artfully crafted text and sprightly art reveal some gutsy acts that all youngsters will identify with. Waber's wit infuses many of the pages. 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." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Since 9/11, most children (and adults, as well) associate courage with the awesome dedication of emergency workers, but Waber hails everyday courage, the kind that every child is capable of exhibiting — such as riding a bicycle without training wheels for the first time, or keeping a secret. Deceptively eloquent in its simplicity, the book's minimal text and kid-friendly illustrations pack a wallop, teaching kids to value their own accomplishments — an effective strategy in dealing with the feelings of helplessness that often follow trauma.

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