Posted tagged ‘Courage’

WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE

September 5, 2019

Have you ever been scared? What do you do? How do you handle it?

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Pat Zietlow Miller shows us how one little girl overcomes her fear in her picture book WHEN YOU ARE BRAVE.  Miller’s simple text that includes similes speaks to readers. Through the eyes of the little girl, readers are inspired to look deep inside and find the courage to overcome fear. Eliza Wheeler’s accompanying illustrations use dark tones to depict the fear the little girl feels at the beginning of the story. With each page turn, the mood of the story changes. The turning point in the book is expressed beautifully in words and illustrations.

You can make your courage so big it brightens your heart, fills your fingers, and flows to your toes.”

Wheeler’s illustrations become colorful and bright, and Miller’s text circles back to the beginning for a very satisfying ending. This is a perfect book to share with youngsters who may be feeling anxious.

 

 

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D-Day – Seventy-Five Years Ago

June 6, 2019

“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” — General Dwight D Eisenhower

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Seventy-five years ago, today, the Allied Forces of America, Britain, and Canada stormed five beaches in Normandy, France by air and by sea. American troops landed on the beaches with code names of Utah and Omaha. It was the “largest seaborne invasion in military history.” These men faced a fierce obstacle – the Nazi forces who occupied France. Boys became men that day as they summoned the extraordinary courage to fight the enemy in order to free others from Hitler’s tyranny. The results were many casualties for the Allied Forces, but it also marked the turning point of World War II.

“They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt

For more information about D-Day, you might want to visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy. 

Further reading for kids:

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What Was D-Day? written by Patricia Brennan Demuth and illustrated by David Grayson Kenyon, Penguin Workshop, 2015.

 

 

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D-Day Landings: The Story of the Allied Invasion written by Richard Platt, DK Children, 2004.

 

 

 

 

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Remember D-Day:  The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stories written by Ronald J. Drez, National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015.

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE – Another Winner!

January 21, 2016

If you haven’t read The War That Saved My Life, I highly recommend it. Written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, the book is set in London during World War II and the German invasion. It’s a 2016 Newbery Honor Book, winner of the middle-school age Schneider Family Book Award, and Odyssey Award — well-deserved awards.


Ten-year-old Ada Smith is the heroine of this story. She has a club foot that is an embarrassment to her “mam” – a horrid person. Because of her disfigured foot, Ada is not allowed to leave their flat. She endures physical and mental abuse at the hands of her mother. Even though Ada’s life is one of misery, she makes sure to give her younger brother, Jamie, the best care she can. When the war threatens the well-being of those living in London, local children are evacuated to a safer place in the country. Ada’s mother sends Jamie away, and Ada runs away to join him. When Ada and Jamie arrive at their destination, no one chooses to take them in. They end up in the home of Susan Smith, who is unmarried and has issues of her own. Ada puts up a wall of distrust as Susan Smith desperately tries to help Ada see that she is a worthy person – even with her club foot. During their stay, Susan, Ada, and Jamie slowly begin to become a family unit. When “Mam” suddenly appears and demands to take the children back to London, Susan knows she has no right to keep them. Reluctantly, Susan lets them go. Back in London, Ada is once again subjected to the cruelty of her mother. When she learns her mother never wanted children, Ada knows what she must do. In a dramatic ending of air raid sirens and bombs, Ada is determined to make it back to Susan Smith and the new life she offers them. This is a story of courage, understanding, healing, and love. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley weaves a fascinating and heartwarming tale in this must-read book!

Happy Birthday, Helen Keller!

June 27, 2013

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” ─ Helen Keller

Today is Helen Keller’s birthday. Her life’s achievements continue to be an inspiration. She lived during a time in history when women had to fight for their rights and negative attitudes persisted about those with disabilities. She overcame tremendous obstacles with the help and support of her family and life-long companion, Annie Sullivan, and became a world-renowned personality.

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”─ Helen Keller

This remarkable woman didn’t let her disabilities stop her. Instead, she was on the cutting edge of her time. She was politically active and became a world-famous lecturer and author. Among the many causes she supported were a woman’s right to vote, birth control, and she was a champion for those with disabilities. Courage, determination, and drive are characteristics demonstrated by Helen Keller. Embrace these qualities and celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman.

Many books have been written by and about Helen Keller, but these three are worth a good look.

FC9780786808908[1]Helen’s Big World The Life of Helen Keller written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tavares (Disney-Hyperion, 2012)

9780375857065[1]Annie and Helen written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Raul Colon (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)

9780393057447[1]The Story of My Life written by Helen Keller (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003)

Courage

March 25, 2011

“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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