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,
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.
Remembering 9/11Children's Books Can Help.