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Sheila Rae, the Brave

by Kevin Henkes

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Greenwillow Books (1987-08-17)

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Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Shelia Rae, the Brave is a warm, humorous, and loving story of sibling sympathy and support. Just because Sheila Rae is older, she doesn't always know better!

"I am very brave," Sheila Rae said, patting herself on the back. She wasn't afraid of anything—not thunder, not lightning, not the big black dog at the end of the block. And when she wanted to walk home a new way and Louise wouldn't, she called her sister a scaredy-cat and set out alone. But all the bravado in the world failed to help when Sheila Rae found herself lost. Luckily, her sister was not far behind.

"Children will love it."—School Library Journal

Supports the Common Core State Standards

One Potato Review

Conspicuous courage: Sheila Rae even goes to the trouble of imagining that cherries in her fruit cocktail are the eyes of a dead bear so she can brag about eating them. As usual with Henkes, there’s a lot of harmless mayhem like that - and also a welcome guest appearance from the star of Weekend with Wendell who ends up helplessly tied to a fence post with the jump rope he stole during recess. (Sheila Rae literally pats herself on the back for that one.) Of course all of this fearlessness is doomed to end badly, or anyway require the services of a quintessential worrywart who is in the habit of tracing and recounting her steps. Instructive, yes, but hardly a call for reform. 

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