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When You Are Brave

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Girl scared of moving away finds courage in inspiring tale.

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Along with beautiful illustrations that match the girl's mood, the specific tools for finding courage within help make this book a powerful inspiration for young readers. When You Are Brave is full of encouragement to find strength within and offers concrete ways to help kids find their bravery anytime they feel scared or alone, and reminds them that no matter what happens, they'll be all right. The picture of the girl wearing a cape as she stands at the front door of her new home is a fun, funny, and completely relatable attitude to readers of all ages. Kids who aren't facing big changes like the girl in the story can understand feeling scared about having to stand in front of the class, ride the bus for the first time, or learn to swim -- all those times when the world is "Too big. Too loud. Too hard. Too much."

For all the specific instructions for bravery, the book goes straight to the idea that sometimes you have to be brave while skipping over the acknowledgement that feelings of fear or sadness are valid, and that some of these situations are really difficult.

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