Shelves: young-adult , classics Ahoy there me mateys! This read is long overdue. Ye see it all stems from a post I read from me matey Jackie deathbysundoku back in October She be on the Great Newbery quest wherein she be reading all Newbery medal winners by January when the th Newbery Award happens! Worthy goal indeed. I meself had embarked on this journey many years ago before adverse winds and scads of other adventures sent me off course.

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Most editions -- in English and the more than two-dozen languages it has been translated into see six of them below -- include ten full-page blue-and-white illustrations, sundry smaller illustrations, marginalia, and chapter headings. Earlier editions, seen at left, also had illustrated endpapers and a buckrum cloth cover on the front and back boards, with a woodcut inspired by Polynesian tapa cloth designs, which is used as the background pattern on this page.

Call it Courage was filmed for television with a teleplay by Ben Masselink and a narration by Gerald Pearce, and appeared on The Wonderful World of Disney for the first time in April Buy a copy on-line at Amazon. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he fear and avoided the sea, till everyone branded him a coward.

When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered -- so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross.

A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home exhausted in body, but strong and fearless in spirit -- truly Mafatu, the Stout Heart. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires. The story reads aloud well and will be useful to storytellers.

Something in the conduct of a hero leaps like a spark to light his own spirit. A book with a hero can sometimes bring this about. This is such a book It is related with unusual skill, carrying along a reader so rapidly he scarcely realizes how well it is being told The story is wild enough to be remembered, and it cannot be remembered without doing good.


Call It Courage



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