Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: Brave. A Book About Courage


There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets. Poetry is an artistic expression unlike any other. Some research suggests that poetry predates literature, starting out as songs and oral traditions of storytelling. Why poetry? The art of a few simple, well-chosen words teaches us to look at the smallest moments and details of life and learn from them. Alas, for many people the last time they read a poem was at school or university. It’s wonderful to find a book like Brave. A Book About Courage geared specifically for kids. Readers of all ages will delight in a variety of themes in this compilation of constructive acrostic, witty alliteration, haiku, alphabet, and free verse poetry. The book offers an endearing perspective about the various interests and feelings of a child in relation to hopes and aspirations, family relationships and friendships, the five senses, self and a sense of identity, animals, and life in general.

A book of poems is a gem, something to be savored and relished for each word of wisdom and awakening it offers the reader, regardless of age. In this book, many poems explore the fun, boisterous, sunny side of life, and others plunge deeper into the fearful aspects of being small in a big world. Bravery is having the courage to go out every day and tackle what comes, no matter what comes. These creatively structured poems explore what it means to cultivate respect for self and others, the meaning of good qualities, and to hold fast to the maxim that ‘anything is possible.’

Because Brave. A Book about Courage is authored by a 12-year-old child, other children will more thoroughly comprehend the content at hand and develop a better appreciation for literature. For children to read a child-authored book not only encourages more kids to get involved with reading books, but will possibly inspire them to write one of their own. This is a fabulous little book for parents and teachers to introduce children to the enchantment and magicality found in words. Highly recommended. 5 Stars. First reviewed for Readers Favorite.
 
by Fiona Ingram

8 comments:

Sandi said...

A 12 year old author of a book of poetry. Impressive.

Anonymous said...

Great to see a review of a poetry book, especially one written by a child. Poetry is so often sidelined in kid's literature.

Visiting via the Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kriss MacDonald said...

Sounds a great triple combo: poems for kids, learning about courage and written by a 12 year old.

Jaymie Shook said...

Wow, authored by a 12-year-old? That's so cool! Thanks for linking this one into the KLBH!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I definitely think that this book will be an inspiration to many young aspiring authors!

Resh said...

wow! a 12 year old author and that too for a poetry book on a subject like courage is impressive! I agree that this would be very encouraging!
-Reshama
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B Gira said...

This would be a great addition to my middle school classroom library. I'm always looking for more poetry pieces at this level. Sounds great. Thanks for posting.
P.S. Visiting from the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

Renee C. said...

Wow! That's pretty impressive! It's so true that as grown-ups we don't often read poems anymore. Although, that being said, much of children's literature features poetry (for the very young). I was reading Where the Sidewalk Ends to my son and he was loving it! We've also done a few other books of poetry for kids. In fact, we have a review of one coming up! Look for it! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop Fiona.