Courage

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  ─ Winston Churchill

Courage is a word that means many things to many people. It can be as simple as saying hello to someone or as hard as admitting you’re wrong about something.

For me, courage is also having the strength to say, “No, you don’t need to buy another book. You have too many already.” I didn’t have the courage to say that so I bought another book. It’s a picture book written and illustrated by Bernard Waber. It’s called Courage.

I couldn’t resist. Just look at the cover. You can feel the fear that little boy has he stares down at the water so far below him. He needs courage to step off that diving board and make a big splash. Will he find it?

Courage is a perfect book to share with children. Using pen and ink and soft watercolors, Waber shows his readers the many faces of courage. One of my favorite pages is the one that says:  “Courage is not peeking at the last pages of your whodunit book to find out who did it.” For me, that takes a lot of courage! The book is both silly and serious at the same time and lends itself to simple discussions about life and how to face fears.

Everyone needs courage at one time or another. Have you found yours?

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