What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.
Bernard Waber was the beloved author-illustrator of more than thirty picture books, including Courage, Ira Sleeps Over, and Do You See a Mouse? With the publication of The House on East 88th Street in 1962, his Lyle, Lyle Crocodile series of books became a mainstay of children's literature. A Literary Landmark plaque commemorating the adventures of this endearing New York City reptile can now be found on East 88th Street and Bernard Waber's artwork is the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibit, curated by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. bernardwaber.com.
In this poignant yet entertaining volume, versatile author and artist Waber takes a look at the various ways in which kids, the occasional grown-up and one endearing canine display bravery.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
“…this [book] develops a timely topic in simple, sensitive ways.” Kirkus Reviews
“…this title may prove a valuable discussion starter, heavier on charm than on didacticism.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Veteran author-illustrator Waber offers a simple book with his familiar combination of crayon-colored sweetness and agitated line.” Booklist, ALA —