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Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite
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 is wonderful to find a book like "Brave: A Book about Courage" intended specifically for kids. Readers of all ages will delight in a variety of themes in this compilation of constructive, witty alliteration, haiku, 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 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 because reading a child-authored book not only encourages more kids to get involved with reading books, but will possibly inspire them to write some 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.