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Sheila Rae, the Brave Paperback – April 25, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I should have looked inside.
There are so many things to object to in this book, where do I even start? First, there's the morbid stuff: "At dinner, Sheila Rae made believe that the cherries in her fruit cocktail were the eyes of dead bears, and she ate five of them," and, "she pretended that the trees were evil creatures She climbed up them and broke their fingers off." Then there are the bad examples: She yanks her sister's toy from the mouth of the "big black dog at the end of the block" and "growled at stray dogs," which are not so much brave as dangerous. She also rides her bike no-handed with her eyes closed while her friends clap. And just to make sure we dislike Sheila Rae, I suppose, Henkes has her tie a classmate to a fence after he steals her jumprope. When did "brave" become "mean-spirited"?
If you can get past all that, the plot of the book is cute enough, and the illustrations are lovely, although not nearly as intricate as in some of Henkes's other books. But for us, we have plenty of cute books with lovely illustrations without needing dead bear eyes or really stupid behavior toward dogs.
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes is one of my children's favorite books, very sweet and poetic...so I'm puzzled that this book is so disturbing.
The story teaches us what the word *brave* really means. Sheila Rae thought that walking backwards with her eye closed, riding bicycle no-handed with her eyes closed, etc., were *brave*. Actually I prefer the word *foolish* to *brave*, because she might get hurt. On the contrary, Louise, his sister was called a *scaredy-cat*. However she was the one who save Sheila Rae from getting lost. She was the real *fearless* girl in the story.
After all, I think Sheila Rae, the Brave is very fascinating, which is a great book for kids at the ages of 4-8.
This is a very cute story. The illustration work is very good, and goes along with the story excellently. The story of the girl being brave, even when she doesn’t necessarily feel it is a nice life lesson. And, the main thing to me is that my little reader enjoyed the book, which is good enough for me. We both recommend this book to you.
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My very favorite for the special females in my life. The courage is inside all of us!Published 3 days ago by Bradley P
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This is a terrible book for children. This came in a pack of books purchased through scholastic for kindergartners. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GeekUSA
On the book it shows a recommended age of 4-8, but I didn't see that in the description. It is far to graphic, talks about pretending cherries are the eyes of dead bears, breaking... Read morePublished 4 months ago by karynn
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