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Cowardly Clyde Paperback – March 26, 1984

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"One of Peet's liveliest (if not most insidious) triumphs." Kirkus Reviews

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For a war horse, Clyde is an abysmal coward, but he finally decides that even if he isn't brave he can at least act brave.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD730L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 26, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395361710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395361719
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding children's book that is enjoyed by all four children and Mom and Dad in our home. Clyde is a war horse who is afraid of his own shadow. He overcomes his fear to save Sir Galavant, the noble but crazy knight who insists on waking the ogre to give it a fighting chance. Your chilfren will enjoy this book!
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This wonderful book appeals to my 5 year old boy because of the somewhat scary monster, the brave knight, but ultimately the courageous horse who must over come his cowardice to save his master Sir Galavant.
I was impressed with Peet's use of assonance and alliteration and over-all word choice: "...The faint-hearted horse was horrified."
This is super book and I recommend it highly - and the illustrations are beautiful to boot.
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My three year old is both terrified and obsessed with this story! Bill Peet is one of my all time favorites, and slowly but surely I am trying to collect them all. I bought this one for my 8 year old, but it is the little guys who loves it. Something about that Owl-Eyed Ogre.....he is totally captivated. He is the type of child to ask me to read book after book, but rarely the same one again right away, but this one he BEGS me to read again as soon as it is done. He covers his eyes with his blankey when the scary parts come up, peeking just enough. I can't help myself from emphasizing the really dramatic parts, just to really get him going! Bill Peet is obviously a gifted man who understands children and writes books that are easy and fun to read. I wonder if he read his books out loud before finalizing them?? They are all so well written, whether in rhyme or not(this one is not), and have such a natural flow to them. They are easy to get into, and just such a pleasure to read. After refusing to read this one out loud AGAIN last night, my son picked out a new popular book, "Dragons Love Tacos," which I really don't care for to begin with, but as a follow up to Peet's Clyde, it really looked and sounded lame and downright pathetic! It really made me appreciate this book even more! There are plenty of cute, catchy popular new books on the market, and don't get me wrong we do have and love many of them, but there is something about a classic tale like this, moral and eloquent as all Peet's books are, full of magic and wonder. Like a modern but timeless fairytale....complete with silly sound effects:)
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as a grandmother, i have owned this book - now three times. my children loved it so much that my son took it to college with him to always feel the happiness we had when reading it together. i still own a copy and just bought a book for my grandson. i have a picture on my wall of my daughter reading it to my grandson. he frequently says :kerpuffle when things go the way he wants them to. it is a wonderful story of overcoming things that you may not know you can do and then find out then you certainly can! great fantasy and learning book!
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Sir Galavant, the dim-witted noodle head (his words, not mine), is so gung-ho on finding a horrible ogre to defeat, that when he does find one he races in without a thought. Clyde, his noble and also fearful steed, sees the foolishness in this but won’t be able to do a thing about it unless he can work up the courage and act… or at least just act. Kids may learn, in this story, that behaving bravely is maybe just about as good as being brave. All my kids love this story and I don’t mind reading it, for the lesson and for the fun.
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Bill Pete is one of my favorite children's authors and I've loved Cowardly Clyde from the time I was little. This is a cute and funny story about being brave being brave even when you're facing something terrifying. It's not too scary for little ones and the monster is defeated in a satisfying yet non-threatening way.
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Bill Peet has been a family favorite author since 1978. I read them to my son in the 70's. Bought every one I could find for my grandchildren, and now am purchasing for that same son's newly arrived twin boys. I recently asked my first three grandchildren if they still had their Bill Peet books and discovered that they plan to NEVER (said emphatically) get rid of them. In addition, they are still read because they take them on babysitting jobs to read to their charges who also LOVE them.
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I read this book to my sons over and over when they were children. It was one of their favorite books. I never purchased the book when they were younger, however, they would always seek it out when we visited our local library. I just purchased the book and have been reading it to my 4 year old granddaughter and she loves it just as much. When my adult son saw the book at my home, he was almost as excited as when he was a little boy. He immediately picked it up and started reading it again, saying, " Mom I can't believe you found this book, it was my favorite book when I was little kid". Seeing his reaction was worth the price of the book ten times over!
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