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Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
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Aug 12, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012-reads, adventure, childrens
Recommended to Judy by: YLTO Monthly Reads
Read on August 10, 2012 , read count: 1

This children's classic does a wonderful job of portraying Polynesian island culture. I was disappointed in the illustrations since they are only blue and white and not the beautiful flamboyant colors of island life. The book itself took a little effort on my part to finish because it seemed unrealistic to me that a young boy who was almost an outcast of society because of his fear of water could all of sudden do an about-face, travel to another island, weather a storm and take care of himself.

I didn't like the message that peer pressure was important enough to risk one's life over. I did like the message of if-you-want-something-badly-do-something-about-it, but it did seem that a "don't do this at home" label applied to most of what Mustafa did alone with no instruction.

Of course, if I had been a child growing up in the 1940s I probably would have loved this book!
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message 1: by Pat (new)

Pat I am interested in knowing about YLTO Monthly Reads if it is a group reading YA and Children's literature but I haven't been able to find anything about it in 'Groups'. Please let me know.


message 2: by Judy (last edited Aug 15, 2012 07:15AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Judy Pat, here is a link: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...

The Children's lit was for last month. This month the theme is Joan of Arc. Here is the link: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...


message 3: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Um, we're only 1/2 way through August. We'll be discussing Joan of Arc - themed books in September. Pat, please join in the conversation - it's still going strong!

Judy, if you copy your review into the discussion for Newbery Winners of the 1940s everyone will be able to see *exactly* the kind of discussion I'm hoping to get from the GTRs. Please?


Judy Sorry, Cheryl! I got ahead of myself there. :-)

Judy, if you copy your review into the discussion for Newbery Winners of the 1940s everyone will be able to see *exactly* the kind of discussion I'm hoping to get from the GTRs. Please?

You bet. I didn't want to come across negative, so didn't bring up the points there.


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