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Sheila Rae, the Brave (Mouse Books)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,006 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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 th...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 25th 1996 by Greenwillow Books (first published August 17th 1987)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 07, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fearful children; adventurous children; siblings; Kevin Henkes fans
This was an old standby that I read many times to and with kids in the early 90s. I just reread it so I could review it here on Goodreads.

I see why it was so popular and why it was so much fun for me to read. All the things Sheila Rae isn’t afraid of are things kids are going to be afraid of at times, and what eventually frightens Sheila Rae is a fear with which every child can identify. Sheila Rae and her sister Louise show kids that everyone is sometimes brave and everyone is scared sometimes...more
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“Sheila Rae, the Brave” is a children’s book written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and it is about how a brave little mouse named Sheila Rae tells everyone that she is not afraid of anything, at least until she gets lost in the woods when she tried to find a new way home. “Sheila Rae, the Brave” is an unforgettable classic that children both young and old will cherish for many years to come.

Kevin Henkes has brilliantly written and illustrated the charming story about Sheila Rae showing every...more
I wasn't quite as touched by this one as I usually am by Henkes' work, but it's still quite worthy of a read! Here we have the big sister, Sheila Rae, who is not afraid of anything. And we have the little sister who is always looking up to Sheila Rae--and always in her shadow. Until, one day, Sheila Rae IS afraid. And it doesn't seem there is anyone around to help her. Oh, but there is...!

Definitely a good sibling read ;-)
What a sweet,convincing personified animal story! A lot of what Henkes does is subtle but carries you through the story: the text is laid out with two or three illustrations on a page when he wants to move you along in a quick pace and then full page when there is something to linger on.
He hooked me to the premise of her being brave when he starts the story showing her standing on a chair to kiss a spider suspended from the ceiling! He does so much with tilt of a head, facial expressions that...more
Kristi Maurer
Sheila Rae, the Brave is a delightful book by Kevin Henkes, about a "brave" little mouse. Wherever Sheila Rae goes and in whatever she does, she is brave and able to overpower her fears. Her vivid imagination allows her to visualize trees as "evil creatures. She climbed them and broke their fingers off. Snap, snap, snap." But, like all of us in this world, she too has fears that are not as easy to overcome. Her encounter with feeling lost during a thunderstorm brings out her weakness and shows h...more
Mommy says: Kevin Henkes is just dandy. Here's a story about a very brave big sister who learns just how brave her timid little sister is. Younger siblings will love this.
I read this all by myself today. I liked how Sheila Rae thought *she* was brave, but her sister was really the one who was bravest.
Another childhood memory comes back to life as I share it with my 3 year old son. My sister owned this book and I remember reading it when she wasn't around. I loved the story of the brave sister and the not so brave sister who is the heroine in the end!

It is such a fun little story but there are some nice lessons to take away. Sometimes the bravest aren't the biggest. Sometimes the bravest aren't the least afraid. And of course, sisterly love and friendship is worth its weight in gold.
Sheila Rae, The Brave
4 out of 5 Stars

Unlike Lilly’s Big Day, Henkes did not put a thick outline on his illustrations. The paintings in Sheila Rae, The Brave have no borders or outlines, which give them an unfinished look. Without a border, the viewer’s eyes are drawn to the middle of the picture and do not wander to the edges to appreciate the entire image. Henkes uses negative space as well. Most pages were set up so that there were two illustrations on one page and one on the other. Henkes...more
Theresa Reifon
Format/Length: Picture book; 32 pages

Theme(s): Courage, family


Sheila is a young mouse who represents bravery. She isn't afraid of storms, the dark, or even scary dogs. She would walk backwards and pretend that trees were monsters. She likes to ride her bike with her eyes closed and with no hands on the handlebars. Her sister on the other hand, is a bit more timid, scared of the things that Sheila seems to enjoy. However, one day she ends up lost on her way home looking for something new...more
Sheila Rae is a very brave mouse and she is not afraid of anything. Her younger sister Louise gets frightened when Sheila Rae does brave and dangerous things. One day Sheila Rae tries to prove how brave she is by doing lots and lots of brave things. However, she is not paying attention to where she is going and gets lost. Sheila Rae does not know her sister Louise has been fallowing her and she begins to cry because she is afraid and lost. Louise jumps out and hugs her sister and leads the way h...more
Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes is a clever, funny book about bravery focusing on Sheila Rae and her timid, more cautious little sister Louise.

Sheila Rae is not afraid of anything. She walks backwards with her eyes closed, steps on every crack, growls at stray dogs, rides her bicyle no-handed with her eyes closed, and bares her teeth at stray cats. But when Sheila Rae becomes lost on the way home from school, after deciding to walk home a new way, it is her "scaredy cat" sister, Louise, w...more
Eva Leger
3.5 - This was another audio book which is fast becoming a favorite way for Julia to read. After reading a few of Henkes' books, including Chrysanthemum, I knew we had to find more. Finding more in the form of audio books made it that much better for us right now. Since Henkes is a local author we're lucky enough to have a library stocked with all of his books, in audio and print.
Julia and I both agree that we liked Chrysanthemum and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse better than Sheila Rae, the Brave...more
Shelia Rae is very brave. Her younger sister Louise looks up to her because she isn't scared of anything. One day Sheila Rae decides to take a new way home to prove how brave she is. She soon discovers that she is lot and needs help finding her way back home. Sheila Rae learns that her sister is just as brave as she.

This book is really sweet. I think it is important for kids to see that you can still be brave even if you have to ask for help sometimes. As always, Kevin Henkes' illustrations add...more
Marissa Masterson
Shelia Rae, the Brave written by Kevin Henkes is a great book for an elementary school child in the first grade to read. It has a great amount of vivid pictures that explain what is written. The pictures really show and demonstrate what is going on and the attitude given off by Shelia Rae. The pictures makes it very realistic for a child. The story also repeats which makes it fun for a student to read. This story expresses children being fearless and brave in any situation they are brought into...more
Melynda Moore
What: This book is about Sheila Rae's bravery. She is not scared of anything. She does things that other mice are too afraid to do. One day, she decides to take a different way home and ends up getting lost. For the first time, Sheila Rae is cared. When she begins to cry for help her sister Louise comes out and tells her that she knows the way home. All the way home it is Louise who is the brave one. When they arrive back home, they agree that they are both incredibly brave.

So What: Students mus...more
Rachael LaRochelle
Sheila Rae the Brave

Sheila Rae is about a mouse named Sheila who isn't afraid of anything. She isn't afraid of the dark, big black dogs or thunder & lightning. At the dinner table she made believe that cherries in her fruit cocktail were dead bear eyes and ate 5 of them. She laughed at the principal and when she was on the playground tied up her classmate, Wendell, for stealing her jump rope until the bell rang. She stepped on every crack in the sidewalk, she attacked the monster in her sist...more
This book is so significant for children who are discovering that certain situations frighten them, reassuring these readers that being scared doesn't mean you aren't be brave, which is the reason that I adore this story. As an adult, it is funny to see what children might consider a great feat of "bravery" (stepping on cracks, laughing at the principal, walking backward with your eyes closed, etc.), but this aspect helps children relate to the things they hear every day, such as, "Step on a cra...more
Grade/interest level: Pre-k-1
Reading level: 2.3
Genre: Fiction

Main Characters: Shelia Rae and Louise
Setting: -
POV: 3rd pov
Shelia Rae the Brave is a story about a young mouse girl who is very brave. She growls at stray dogs, laughs at the principal, and imagines that there are eyeballs in her food. She believes she is unafraid of anything until she decides to take a new route home from school. Her little sister tries to persuade Sheila Rae to reconsider her decision, but Sheila Rae insists that s...more
Maris Digiovanni
Sheila Rae is a very brave mouse and she is not afraid of anything. Her younger sister Louise gets frightened when Sheila Rae does brave and dangerous things. One day Sheila Rae tries to prove how brave she is by doing lots and lots of brave things. However, she is not paying attention to where she is going and gets lost. Sheila Rae does not know her sister Louise has been fallowing her and she begins to cry because she is afraid and lost. Louise jumps out and hugs her sister and leads the way h...more
Literary Element: Characterization. Sheila Rae is not afraid of anything until one day when she becomes lost on the way home from school. Louise, her "scaredy-cat" sister, becomes the brave one and leads her back home.

When I was a child, I was Louise - afraid of everything. My sister, who is thirteen months younger, was Sheila Rae - afraid of nothing. My mom recalls how I would actually stand a little behind my sister when confronted with a new situation. I remember longing to be brave like my s...more
Margaret Janavicius
Unlike her little sister Louise, Sheila Rae is not afraid of anything – not the dark, not thunder and lightening, not the principal, not even the big black dog at the end of the block. “I am brave … I am fearless,” Sheila sings. Then one day Sheila decides to take a new route home from school. At first it is great fun, but then Sheila realizes she is lost. Sheila is scared and sad, but luckily “scaredy-cat” Louise is nearby and is able to guide them both safely home. Bolstered by her newly found...more
I haven't gotten as much exposure to picture books, now that my grandson has gotten older. He still likes a good picture book from time to time, so it was time to make a foray to that part of the library, but I didn't have a plan. I simply started near the middle of the shelves, and one of the first names that came to my attention was Henkes. Now that rang a bell, and there were five or six of his in a row, so I arbitrarily took two, and this was the first I read.

I was immediately captured by th...more
Paige P
All of Kevin henkes books are so cute. This story is definitely opposite from Wimberly Worried. Sheila was brave until she was unaware of surroundings. Luckily her baby sister was there to rescue her, and the sister showed her braveness to Sheila. This story shows the act of role models, and not afraid to try new things. But to also not get too confident where it might get you in trouble.
Lauren Gibson
Shelia Rae is the bravest girl at school, until she gets lost in the forest on her way home. She has to overcome her new found fear of the forest and accept someones help and praise their bravery. She then realizes that other people are brave too, just in different ways than she is. This was a very good childrens book. I would recommend it being read to first grade students. It represnted sibling love and bravery. Very good and entertaining illustrations, which matched the text perfectly. Story...more
Christina Taylor
Sheila Rae, The Brave is one of the many titles in Henkes’ series of mouse books. Sheila Rae prides herself in her ferocity. Unlike her younger sister Louise, Sheila seeks out the danger in the mundane and charges after it. One day, her adventure seeking backfires, and our heroine finds herself alone and in need of rescuing by Louise who proves that she too is brave. As always, Henkes’ watercolor and ink mice have such expressive facial features and postures that they gently shed light on an ind...more
Quadeema Jackson
Sheila Rae is a strong and brave girl who is not afraid of anything. Sheila Rae is able to contend with anything from the dark to big dogs and lightening. Sheila is able to be strong and deal with anything but on her way home, her strength is tested. On her way home, she became lost and realized she needed helped. She cried out for her family and appeared her sister, Louise. Louise exuded the same strength as Sheila which lead them both home. It was after the ordeal that Sheila Rae realized that...more
Shannon Linville
Content/Skill: I used this book in my 1st grade placement to help students grasp and practice the skill of predicting and inferring via using the illustrations as an indicator of what will happen next. The pictures (character facial expressions, background details) lend themselves well to helping us figure out what may happen next.

Personal Reflection: I like that this book uses a female character as a vehicle for the concept of bravery. Too often, we tend to use male characters for such ideas. P...more
This book is a great for shy children. Sheila Rae is a brave little mouse. She steps on all the cracks on a sidewalk, walks with her eyes closed and walks backwards. One day while brave Sheila was walking backwards with her eyes closed she finds herself lost. But no worries her shy little sister has been following her and knows how to get Sheila back home.

Definitely one of my favorite book. I can use this book in class to teach that shy people are just as brave as those who aren't shy. I can al...more
Grade/Interest: Pre K
Reading Level: 440L
Genre: Fantasy, Picture book
Main Characters: Sheila Rae, Louise
Setting: Walk home from school
POV: Sheila
Sheila is a young mouse isn’t afraid of a lot of things such as storms, the dark, or even scary dogs. She would walk backwards, pretend that trees were monsters, and ride her bike with her eyes closed and with no hands on the handlebars. Her sister on the other hand is scared of all these things that Sheila is not. However, one day Sheila decides to walk...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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