Good day, young readers!
What a beautiful time of year! The sun is shining, it is growing warmer, and we want to be outdoors doing all the things. There is nothing that I love more than sitting on the porch with a great book. What are your favorite outdoor activities?
Right now, we are reading Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and the comedy that comes with the new school. But soon, we are going to have to turn our attention to a new adventure, and this one is going to be epic! For May, we will be reading Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry. As we prepare to head into the summer, there is no better way to kick it off than with a fabulous book!
Do you have favorites that you would like us to consider for the monthly reads? Just let us know! Below, you will find the excerpt for the upcoming book. Head over to the library and grab a copy now. Don’t forget to stock up on batteries for your flashlight for the late night reading.
A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery Medal.
Mafatu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward. When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered—so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross. A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.