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SOMETIMES WE WERE BRAVE by Pat Brisson

SOMETIMES WE WERE BRAVE

By Pat Brisson (Author) , France Brassard (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59078-586-7
Publisher: Boyds Mills

As the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, more families will face the difficult separation that comes with military service. While war isn’t explicitly mentioned here, the mom in the story is a sailor in the Navy and the impact of her absence is strongly felt. Narrated by her son, who appears to be early-elementary age, the focus is on the things that happen while she’s away. Jerome’s father does his best to soothe his fears and spend quality time with him. Jerome, meanwhile, tries to fulfill his mother’s request that he “be brave,” though his inner turmoil sometimes prompts bad behavior. Brisson’s lengthy text is straightforward and clearly intended to reassure young children in similar situations. Breaking the text into sections helps the flow while also making the passing of time apparent. Brassard’s watercolor illustrations are realistic with a varied perspective that adds interest. Faces are occasionally awkwardly proportioned, but Jerome’s dog Duffy is uniformly appealing, and his presence helps to lighten the overall mood. Earnest and effective. (Picture book. 4-8)