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Sometimes We Were Brave
by Pat Brisson and France Brassard


Overview - Bravery has many meanings. Jerome's mom is a sailor. When her ship is in home port, she and Jerome bake cookies, read books together, and take their dog, Duffy, for walks. When his mom's ship goes to sea, she gives Jerome a hug and says, "Be brave, Jerome.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Bravery has many meanings. Jerome's mom is a sailor. When her ship is in home port, she and Jerome bake cookies, read books together, and take their dog, Duffy, for walks. When his mom's ship goes to sea, she gives Jerome a hug and says, "Be brave, Jerome. I'll be back as soon as I can." Jerome doesn't feel brave at all. But he does what he needs to do every day--goes to school, helps his dad with chores, and takes care of Duffy. Then one day he learns that bravery means something very different than he thought it did. Pat Brisson's endearing story, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book and lovingly illustrated by France Brassard, shows how a Navy family adjusts to life while mom is serving at sea.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590785867
  • ISBN-10: 159078586X
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publish Date: January 2010
  • Page Count: 28
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-7
  • Dimensions: 9 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 60.
  • Review Date: 2009-12-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Jerome's mom is in the Navy. When the ship is in port, she “comes home every night” and family time is normal: “We bake cookies together. We read books. We take our dog, Duffy, for walks.” But when Mom ships out and it's just Jerome and his dad, Jerome gets into fights at school, wets his bed, and can't sleep during a storm (“Is the storm out by Mom's ship, too?”). Brassard's (Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters) characters sometimes have a glazed look, though her intimate, documentary framings give the vignettes the ring of verisimilitude. The combined effect of the watercolors and Brisson's (I Remember Miss Perry) bluntly honest prose is powerful: readers of all ages will come away feeling protective of this struggling little boy. Even when subsequent readings raise troubling issues (like Dad's peripheral visual presence, and Jerome's parents' preternatural ability to be consistently firm, patient, and emotionally available), kids in Jerome's situation—and those curious about how it feels to be there—should find this book immensely comforting and reassuring. Ages 5–7. (Jan.)

 
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