The life of a toddler can be full of frightening things: the dark, the neighbor's dog, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence?
In this lyrical, insightful picture book, Witek and Roussey’s heroine describes how she overcame each of her fears. Drawn in pencil and accented with bright red cheeks and a polka-dot frock, the girl explains all the things she used to be afraid of, along with some tricks to help - whether it's a special blanket for bedtime or singing during a storm.
"Once, I let go of Mom's hand, and poof!
She disappeared. But I didn't panic.
Sometimes moms get lost.
Like a brave explorer,
I spotted her through the crowd."
Now older, the fears that she once felt as big as a mountain, feels as minuscule as a speck of dust.
This playful portrait of fear and bravery empowers young readers to confront once-scary situations and, with charming illustrations and die-cuts throughout, is also beautifully packaged.
"Offering the chance for children to feel related to, along with really useable thoughts and techniques that any child could use for themselves and their own fears and worries, Brave As Can Be combines a sweet narrative with an endearing character, heartfelt relatability, and the most gorgeous, super modern illustrations, complete with peek-through holes to pages front and back, continuing the 'what may happen' and 'what's past is past' theme.
Absolutely adorable, and a worthy addition to my growing collection by this clever duo. Kids will love it."
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About the Author and Illustrator
Jo Witek is the author of Hello in There! and In My Heart. She is an author, journalist, and screenwriter. She lives in France.
Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There! and In My Heart. She works in advertising, as well as with newspapers, magazines, and publishers. She lives in France.
- Age: 2 - 6 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Approximate dimensions: 25.4 and 26.6 cm