I AM SO BRAVE! by Stephen Krensky
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I AM SO BRAVE!

From the "Empowerment" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 1 - 3

KIRKUS REVIEW

This upbeat ode to conquering fears will resonate with tots both timid and not.

The sparse text of this sturdy board book is a series of three quatrains, presented one brief line per spread, describing the various fears a little boy has overcome: “I was scared of big dogs. / Then I made a new friend. // I was scared of the water. / Now I love the deep end.” Having also conquered fears of the dark, loud horns and goodbyes, he proclaims on the final pages: “I’m not scared like before. / I am so brave!” The skillful verses read smoothly and depict situations that toddlers and preschoolers will relate to. The illustrations center around a wide-eyed African-American child as the main character, with Caucasian children also populating some of the scenes, including the final spread, which features the narrator leaping boldly into a pit of colored balls. The design and color scheme, mostly bright blues, yellows and reds, give the title a distinctly vintage feel, which will lend it appeal to both adults and children.

A comforting celebration of everyday courage with lots of charm to boot. (Board book. 1-3)

 

Pub Date: July 15th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0937-1
Page count: 12pp
Publisher: abramsappleseed
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015




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