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Captain Courage & the Fear-Squishing Shoes Paperback – Large Print, September 15, 2012

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Captain Courage Series

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  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616333197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616333195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,097,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Third grader Katie is having to face the horror most youngsters (and adults) sometimes fear - fitting into a new situation and making new friends. Katie's family has moved and she has to attend a new school where she doesn't know anyone.

Feeling shy and a bit self-conscious, Katie doesn't talk to the other students during lunch or even join in games during recess. While she wants to participate during class, she doesn't have the courage to speak up.

Things change drastically for Katie during a show-and-tell program in her classroom. She meets the unique superhero Captain Courage and his fear-squishing shoes. He shows Katie how to have self-confidence and courage to overcome her anxiety.

Captain Courage and the Fear-Squishing Shoes is a delightful story that is designed to help youngster with self-esteem, being able to speak in public and overcoming shyness in new surroundings. The story is presented in such a manner that children learn while enjoying Katie's adventure.

One of the things I enjoyed about this story was how the principal of Katie's new school addressed her problem. It shows that learning can be fun and adults can teach self-confidence in a way that will stay with youngsters forever. While this story is aimed at youngsters, adults can also learn how to overcome problems with self-esteem and lack of courage.

Captain Courage is the first in a series of books by author Stacey Marshall that will be a great tool for parents and teachers to use. The colorful and lively illustrations by Michelle Morse bring the story to life. The illustrations will have youngsters laughing as they learn.
oes by Stacey Marshall, Captain Courage Series, Guardian Angel Publishing, @2012, ISBN: 978-1616333195, Paperback, 16 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure - An eBook copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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Format: Paperback
A super hero, with a secret identity, who wears magical flashing shoes -- what's not to like? Captain Courage and the Fear Squishing Shoes, by Stacey A. Marshall, is a book that immediately captures your interest and empathy for shy Katie. She is starting third grade in a new school because her father took a new job and moved the family to a new state. Naturally she is unhappy about the move.

Katie feels lonely and out of place. She misses her old friends and wonders if she'll make new ones. Her teacher, classmates, and the principal are all welcoming to her. However, poor Katie seems paralyzed by fear until something amazing happens during "show and tell" time to change everything. With a little friendly advice, presented in an artful way, Katie stands tall and overcomes her fear and shyness.

Kids will enjoy Michelle Morse's colorful and expressive illustrations. Katie's emotions are clear on her face. Each picture has so many true-to-school-life details that kids will be right at home, eager for each new page. The touch of humor provided by a class mascot "showing off" will grab children's attention as they answer: What's he doing here?

This is a fun but "sly" educational storybook which shows kids they needn't feel alone or fearful in new situations. Teachers, parents and kids will enjoy this book as they effortlessly learn specific steps to deal with and overcome fear and shyness. As they follow these simple steps, they will build up their self-confidence and courage to handle life challenges. I recommend it for home and school lessons and pure enjoyment. Thanks to Stacey A. Marshall and Michelle Morse for this engaging and helpful story.
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A third grader finds herself on the first day of school in a new and strange environment. She has no friends, and is reluctant to make new ones. Katie silently wishes she could join in, but doesn't have the courage to do so. On the playground she is enticed to come and play, but her shyness takes over and disallows her to enjoy herself. Katie is overwhelmed in the lunch room and finds it difficult to join in with others. She wants so badly to take part in the show and tell her class is involved in, but fears she will not be able to get up there and express her true talents.

In this story Katie is surprised by a colorful caring individual who finds it in his heart to show Katie in a most unusual way, that having confidence in one's self is nothing more than knowing you can do it. Katie's dilemma is similar to many children who find themselves in awkward situations. This is a great book for children who lack confidence in themselves, and also it is a wonderful book for children who don't understand those who are shy. I think most children could identify with Katie through this story, and see how unique each of them truly are themselves.

In the end Katie does some pretty amusing things and reveals some extraordinary talents. The art work by Michelle Morse is bright, engaging, and will without a doubt, draw children into the story. Stacey A. Marshall, the author of this book, has truly captured the essence of how a child feels when overwhelmed with shyness and new surroundings. I recommend this book as a learning tool as well as an entertaining read for children and parents.

This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, Author of children's literature.
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