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I Will Be Fierce

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  116 reviews
It’s a brand-new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).

This story is a powerful declaration about
Published April 23rd 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
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Nicole Buettner
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Rainbow armor and a battle of knowledge. Super cute.
Lorie Barber
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When school starts, when kids are feeling anxious, as a way to send them off at year’s end. Any time is good to read this beautiful picture book about facing your fears, doing the hard things, and forging your own path. Nidhi Chanani’s illustrations beautifully and vibrantly support the text.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Fairy-Tale Lovers with Some Insecurities About Life's Daily Challenges
A young girl wakes up one day with the determination to be fierce - to put on her armor (a rainbow shirt), confront the monsters (neighborhood dogs) in her way, walk with the giants (older children), climb the Mountain of Knowledge (enter the library), and build new bridges (befriend the new girl in school). By the end of the day, the girl needs to rest, to prepare for the next day, when she will again be fierce...

A debut for author Bea Birdsong, I Will Be Fierce imagines a child's day through
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC in the mail on the day I needed it most. After a tough day, reading this beautiful picture book by Bea Birdsong, reminded me to face whatever obstacles stand in my way and to be fierce, just like the main character. Beautiful illustrations by Nidhi Chanani enhance the text and echo the author’s message. The text is simple and the message is clear. The illustrations, bright and bold. I love how the author uses metaphors that Chanani explains through her vibrant illustrations. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This protagonist’s choice of reading materials is ahhhmazing!
Nanette Heffernan
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I put this book on hold at my library. It took two weeks to arrive. Today I finally got to read it but then the most wonderful thing happened. When I finished reading I WILL BE FIRECE I set the book down next to me. A beautiful little girl with dark skin approached me and asked if she could see the book. I don’t know if it was the bright colors that attracted her or maybe she just saw herself in the cover. Whatever it was, it was so special. Thank you Bea Birdsong for writing such a wonderful ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
A cute story for little kids. Would work for a preschool story time. Fun message and adorable illustrations.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved that the librarian was the Guardian of Wisdom
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brave person takes on the challenges of their day with fierceness.

This book is perfect, the imagery is beautiful and the simple words are strong.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't praise this book enough! Empowering and great art. After I was finished reading it my daughter said, "I want to be fierce!"

This is one I am definitely buying for all my daugters.
A young girl find power throughout the day!
Rod Brown
Fierceness has never looked so cute and sweet. And even if she is no tiger, the main character overcomes her trepidations about the first day of school to demonstrate how to be brave and bold in even your smallest actions. Very nice.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and empowering.
So... the kids all get sent outside for recess even though it's dark and pouring rain?
Melissa Eddington
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book about empowerment! We should all want to be the “hero of our own story”.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Will Be Fierce is the story of a girl taking on a day at school with the mindset of a knight-- she will conquer the day with ease and bravery! It only takes a little to be big-- forging new friendships, gathering a bit of courage, and being yourself. Gorgeous vibrant colors in the illustrations that bring a lot to the message. A lovely inspirational picture book suited for anyone.
Miko Lee
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely and important book about a brown girls pep talk to herself. Love the green haired “guardian of wisdom” aka librarian.
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Review first published on my blog, Nine Pages .

I read an advanced reader’s copy of this book. Much—almost all—of this story is told in the illustrations. The text itself is affirmative, many “I will” statements. The protagonist, a young girl, a woman of color and likely Indian or perhaps Pakistani, sets off to what seems to be a first day of school. (The surnames on the mailboxes in the atrium of her apartment are Phag, Huang, Caimoi, Warren, Jain, Bers, Rao. Rao and Jain are both of Indian
Exploring the concept of bravery through the metaphor of a fairy tale, this is a lot of fun! The text is simple and sparse, but completely clear and uplifting. The illustrations are vivid and bright and the perfect compliment to the text. The idea of fighting monsters (the dogs on the way to school) and walking with giants (the bigger kids at the school bus stop) are so relatable to little kids! (I especially loved that the librarian is the "Guardian of Wisdom"!) This book couches the ethereal ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I bought this for my kiddos at NerdCamp! I adore everything about this book. This little firecracker does have moments of fear or hesitation, but she’s fierce. She is creative, doesn’t always follow the rules or expectations, helps her classmates feel like they belong, and looks for the good in situations. She reminds me a lot of what my own firecracker is already like and how I hope she uses her spunk/sass for good.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A young girl decides to show her inner strength and bravely faces every obstacle.

"Today, I will be fierce!"

When she wakes up, a young girl decides to be fierce. She puts on her favorite sweater, loads up her backpack, and sets off to heroically navigate everyday challenges from morning to night as if she were on a knightly quest.

"I will be the hero of my story."

She battles monsters, shows bravery, seeks knowledge, thinks outside the box, displays her creativity, befriends the friendless, faces
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A young girl heads out into her day telling herself that today she will be fierce! She dons her clothes as her armor and bravely heads outside into the day. She is undaunted as a pack of dogs out on a walk bound towards her, charming them with bubbles she blows and imagining them as dragons. She waits for the bus with bigger kids, giants that she dares to be near. She heads to the library to learn and explore even more, thinking of the school librarian as the “Guardian of Wisdom.” She stands up ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
This little girl begins her day with the affirmation that she will be fierce and continues that positive state of mind throughout her day as she conquers the trials set before her.

I Will Be Fierce is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated picture book about starting your day out right, having a positive mindset, conquering your fears, being yourself, standing up for others, and more. Every page is both a story and a positive message. This book will have you ready to be fierce and take on your
Sara Magnafichi
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Thank you to Roaring Brook Press publishing company for providing #collabookation a copy of this picture book. I have been waiting to get my hands on this book and it came at the PERFECT time of the year... the start of a new school year! First of all the pictures in this story, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, are AMAZING and spot on. I love how diverse the characters are. In this story, the main character shows all the various ways she will be fierce at school. The figurative language that Bea ...more
Raven Black
Since there are several books on the subject of overcoming your fears, this loses a little "punch" to the actual story. However, showing how the everyday can be a bit of a challenge (a bus ride is like a multi-headed monster, the big kids are giants) in a mater-of-fact way is slightly unique. And some diversity is shown without "throwing it in your face" or being "preachy." There are kids of all colors, yet not a lot of shapes/sizes or possible religious or physical differences. However, had ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is a really cute picture book about a girl who chooses to face her fears, do what's right, and have fun as she faces the tasks of life. I really loved how the faced down the "scary" pack of dogs with something that probably would work, but might get the dogs to run after her even more the next day. Standing up for another kid, showing both an interest in knowledge and a strong sense of creativity, a willingness to face everyday fears, face in the rain, and make herself heard...this is all ...more
Karen McKenna
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love it! The text is strong and powerful, repeating the phrase "Today, I will be fierce" and talking about being brave, facing fears, daring to be different, and standing up for your beliefs. It is also a great mentor text for metaphors, because while the protagonist says she will face the many-headed serpent or build bridges (with a strong fantasy connection and feel) the beautiful illustrations show her going about an ordinary day at school and choosing to be a hero. I love how the text and ...more
Villain E
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I've accused a few books of being more for parents than for kids; books with self-affirming plattitudes, books with kids being adorable. My point in saying that was that the story was going to resonate with parents rather than with kids. But this book is blatently a moral for parents. As you can guess from the cover, the moral is: GET OFF YOUR PHONE!!! There could be a charging rhino and you wouldn't even notice!

(Yes, I am posting this review from my phone while my kids are eating breakfast ...)
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.

I Will Be Fierce shows a little girl tackling her day with bravery. Mundane and difficult actions are both undertaken with a fierce attitude.

I loved the story and the wonderful, colorful illustrations in I Will Be Fierce.

I don't generally review children's books, but the cover was super colorful and cute, while still being fairly simple. So, I picked it up and thought it was fantastic. I would definitely have bought this for my daughter
Steve Tetreault
What it's about: As a young girl makes her way to and through the first day of school, she empowers and motivates herself throughout the day by meeting her challenges and declaring she will overcome them!

What I thought: What a great book for the first day of school! I wish I had found this a week or two earlier - but I think it's still getting shared with my middle school students. It's a great reminder that our attitude makes all the difference when we're faced with challenges.

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Bea Birdsong is a former teacher whose time in the classroom left a lasting impression of the awesome power of books to educate, entertain, and empower. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Sisters in Crime. Bea lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and spoiled rescue dog. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and searching for hidden doors ...more