Hayley's Courage

Children - Non-Fiction
44 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2015
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Author Biography

Linda M Steiner is the author of Hayley’s Courage, a Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention award recipient for Children’s Non-Fiction. She is an educational writer for her local newspaper. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Welfare from U. C. Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from Arizona State University. She lives with her husband and children in Arizona. Linda is a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist. She owns her own reading tutoring business – readingaccolades.com. Hayley’s Courage is a true story that unites the courage and struggles of a young child with the emerging strength of character. She wrote this book in honor of her daughter and as a valuable resource tool for parents, therapists, and educators. Her motto is “For every child who feels different, you are the unique one.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

Hayley's Courage by Linda M. Steiner is the story of Hayley, a young girl who has a birthmark on her face. Her parents teach her that she is special and Hayley is quite a remarkable girl who doesn't let other people's words bring her down. She has a very good way of dealing with other people, and when kids look at her in a strange way, she talks to them and explains her birthmark and that it does not turn her into a bad person. The beauty of her character shines through when a boy in her class develops a bad rash on his face after wearing some make-up for Halloween. While the other kids make fun of him, Hayley is the only one who plays with him, which then also encourages the other kids to rethink their behaviour.

While Hayley's Courage is a very lovely story, the reality of kids and also older people who are different often is not as nice as in the story. But I think that stories like Hayley's Courage can go a long way to improve this situation if read by more people. It is the kind of story that does not point the finger at other people's behaviour in a condemning way, but shows how one little girl's different attitude can make all the difference. Hayley shows people how to behave the right way by SHOWING them, not by just talking about it, and this often works a lot better. I found the story very nice and enjoyed reading it.

Cheryl Schopen

Hayley’s Courage by Linda M. Steiner is a story about Hayley, a young child who has a birthmark on her face. Even though her parents have always loved her for who she is and have taught her that she is beautiful inside and out, other children her age don’t always understand that. She begins to hear hurtful comments from other kids, and she doesn’t understand how they can be so mean. But with the help of her parents, she learns to be brave and strong.

This children’s book teaches a valuable lesson. We need to love and accept people for who they are on the inside. In this society, we judge people on what they look like on the outside; sadly, even adults are guilty of this. With this book, children can learn that it’s not what’s on the outside that matters. Not only will it teach kids important life lessons, but the book itself is also highly enjoyable. With realistic situations that children can relate to and lovely, colorful illustrations on each page, children are sure to love this book. Hayley’s Courage is definitely a book I want in my daughter’s growing library, and I think it would be the perfect book to read in elementary classrooms. Linda M. Steiner has created an amazing book, and even though I do not know the real Hayley this book is based on, I have so much respect and admiration for her, and I know she is a very beautiful and special girl whom anyone would be lucky to know.