Brave as Can Be : A Book of Courage
Overview - From the author and illustrator of the bestselling In My Heart The life of a toddler can be full of frightening things: the dark, the neighbor's dog, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence? Read more...
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From the author and illustrator of the bestselling In My Heart
The life of a toddler can be full of frightening things: the dark, the neighbor's dog, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence? In this lyrical, insightful picture book, an older sister explains to her younger sister all the things she used to be afraid of, along with some tricks to help, whether it's a special blanket for bedtime or singing during a storm. Now, big sister assures little sister, the fears that once felt as big as a mountain feel as minuscule as a speck of dust.
This playful portrait of fear and bravery empowers young readers to confront once-scary situations and, with charming illustrations and die-cuts throughout, is also beautifully packaged.
The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.
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Following appearances in Hello in There! (about expecting a new sibling) and In My Heart (about emotions), Witek and Rousseys heroine returns in a book about fear. Drawn in pencil and accented with bright red cheeks and a polka-dot frock, the girl describes how she overcame each of her fears, which are personified as large, scribbly monsters embellished with die-cut holesa row of pointy triangles serves as teeth for both an anthropomorphic night sky, reflecting her fear of the dark, and a noisy neighbors dog, which is pictured as large as a field. The girls upbeat self-assurance, as she defangs each conquered fear (singing a song during a thunderstorm or imagining a strict, angry teacher as a feathery owl) may help readers put their own fears in perspective and give them tools to face them head-on. Ages 24. (Sept.)