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Sheila Rae, the Brave

By Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Kids will enjoy humorous story and clever ending.

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The watercolor-and-ink illustrations skillfully convey every emotion and story action in this heartwarming tale. Sheila Rae's bravado and Louise's trepidation are clearly seen on their faces and in their body movements. The illustrations include some information not expressed in the text: Children will enjoy seeing Louise hiding from Sheila Rae in each of the illustrations of the walk home.

Kevin Henkes addresses the issue of bravery -- or lack of it. Readers may feel akin to Louise but wish they were more like Sheila Rae. Louise's blossoming bravery will reassure children that while caution is valuable, even the meek may have their moments of valor. The sibling relationship is strong, and it is clear Sheila Rae can take care of Louise as needed, but readers discover that Louise is capable of caring for Sheila Rae in turn.

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