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Sheila Rae, the Brave (Mouse Books)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,880 Ratings  ·  192 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
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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 really liked it  ·  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
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Kathryn
Jul 14, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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 ;-)
Ronyell
Sheila Rae

“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
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Q_Barb
Feb 21, 2011 Q_Barb rated it really liked it
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
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Alice
Dec 09, 2014 Alice rated it it was ok
Shelves: 3-75-stars
There is a point of brave and there is a point of stupid...I don't think Shelia Rae is all that brave, she is kind of tempting fate. She is a little reckless. Why not just play with fire..."I am fearless" Play chicken on a train track "I am brave" I like the elements of overcoming fears, but her 'bravery' gets her in trouble. I don't think the author meant to portray that careless element but it is there. It is suppose to be "Brave" this book is more about being careless and I wouldn't growl at ...more
Muhuawu wu
Dec 06, 2014 Muhuawu wu rated it liked it
Sheila Rae, the Brave is a delightful book by Kevin Henkes, about a "brave" little mouse. Story gives enjoyment to the child and the inner child and is engaging yet includes a persuasive intent. 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 ea ...more
Kristi Maurer
Jan 29, 2014 Kristi Maurer rated it it was amazing
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
Ashlynn Armstrong
Jan 22, 2016 Ashlynn Armstrong rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This story is about a mouse who believes she is fearless. She does fearless things and one day she decides to take a walk home a way she has never been after school. Her sister says she Shelia Rae is to brave for her, so Shelia Rae talks the path by herself. Eventually she realizes she is lost, and starts crying for her family. Thankfully Shelia Rae has a great sister who eventually saves the day.

This book was super cute. I enjoyed the story line, and the pictures were very detailed. The writing
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Veronique Stravato
May 05, 2015 Veronique Stravato rated it it was ok
This book made me cringe. The things Sheila Rae did were rarely brave. Mostly inconsiderate or dangerous. I don't think many children would understand why stepping on sidewalk crack would make you brave. A bit of a dated concept. Not a book my son could connect to.
Rachael Belt
I don't see myself reading this one to the kids again. I didn't care for the mouse's attitude and snapping off fingers, imaginary or not, seems a bit brutal to read to a toddler.
Cana
Sep 17, 2008 Cana rated it really liked it
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.
Anna
Jan 18, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
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.
Stephanie
Sep 29, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This book is really funny. I was laughing by the first page, when Sheila Rae appears to be licking a spider.

Sheila Rae is very brave. She walks backwards with her eyes closed. She confronts the school bully. She growls at dogs.

"'I am very brave,' Sheila Rae said, patting herself on the back."

All of that changes though when she finds herself in an unfamiliar place and is rescued by an unexpected helper.

I really love Kevin Henkes books. The illustrations are great, the stories are clever, and the
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Shannon Brasher
Sep 22, 2015 Shannon Brasher rated it it was amazing
Sheila Rae is so brave that she steps on every crack, walked backwards with her eyes closed, and attacked the monster in her sister's closet. However, one day Sheila Rae decided to take a new way home and quickly becomes lost and scared. Luckily her sister followed her and was able to help her find her way home. This book is a fantastic book for children because they can relate to being afraid of many of the things in this book and it shows them that everyone is afraid of something and you can o ...more
Rosa Cline
Apr 28, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, baby-siblings
Sheila Rae likes to brag about being brave, and not afraid of anything. Her little sister looks up to her. BUT when Sheila Rae decides to take a new route home from school she feels she can do it; but she soon finds herself lost and scared she sits down and starts crying. But she didn't realize her little sister was following her and watching her "looking up to her"... and so she steps up and reassures Sheila Rae they will be okay. They back track and find themselves home. Sheila Rae tells her s ...more
Kelly
Sep 08, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Katie
Nov 10, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb-same-artist
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
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Theresa Reifon
Format/Length: Picture book; 32 pages

Theme(s): Courage, family

Review:

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
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Julia
Mar 12, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: kevin-henkes
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
David
Nov 20, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
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Eva Leger
Jul 17, 2011 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
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
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Danarose
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
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Marissa Masterson
Jan 25, 2012 Marissa Masterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
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
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Rachael LaRochelle
Feb 07, 2013 Rachael LaRochelle rated it really liked it
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
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Julie
Sep 14, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
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
Michelle
Oct 24, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
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Christie Lee
Feb 20, 2015 Christie Lee rated it really liked it
This book is about Sheila Rae, who isn't afraid of anything, until she gets lost one day going home from school. She soon realizes that she isn't as brave as she thought she was. Her sister comes along and together they find their way home, and come to understand that they are both still brave, just about different things. They are showing that people can work together to conquer both persons fears and that being brave isn't impossible. Another great book about feelings.
Maris Digiovanni
Apr 15, 2013 Maris Digiovanni rated it really liked it
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
Michelle
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
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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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