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Author: Bernard Waber

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, ©2002

Material: hard cover

Summary: All of us--even our pets--have courage. It shows itself in the everyday things we do (like sleeping without a nightlight) or in more heroic ways, like being a firefighter or policeman. This is a nice reminder that we all have the courage within us to be heroes: big and small.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: 4 to 8

Age of Child: read at 23 months

Young Reader Reaction: Three pages and s/he was done.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice, albeit somewhat repetitive read. It isn't until you get to the firefighter & policeman that we had that post-9/11 'aha' moment.

Pros: Almost all of the things that highlight courage a child can understand, or empathize with the family dog! The events, activities, choices are all great reminders that we all have a little hero in us.

Cons: The litany of "courage is…" can get cumbersome after 15 pages.

Borrow or Buy: Based on the reaction, we'll continue to periodically borrow it. That said, it might make a nice gift for the timid younsger in your life.

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Educational Themes: We all have courage, it's just a matter of learning to recognize it.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, ethics & religion

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2003

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