Building Courage

Children - Adventure
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 01/19/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Building Courage is a short children's adventure book by George Neeb. It was the last night of the camping trip on their property in the woods for Jacob and his father when Jacob suddenly got the urge to build a cabin. So, over the winter, he learns about building cabins. In the spring, Jacob's father comes up with some plans of his own for the cabin. Soon, it's summer again, and Jacob and his father are back in the woods. Jacob works hard, cutting the logs and placing them to build a nice, cozy cabin. But he struggles to put the rafters on the roof. Fortunately, there's a snapping turtle in the lake who gives him some much-needed inspiration. Now that the cabin is complete, can Jacob gather his courage and swim in the lake?

A wholesome family adventure story for kids, Building Courage shares the gentle message of family bonding, courage, and resilience. Based on real-life experiences, George Neeb tells a fun tale that showcases the benefits of following one's heart and the joy of doing outdoor activities. The story feels so relatable, probably because Neeb draws upon his own adventures with his sons while camping. The characters are funny, vibrant, and likable. The illustrations make them feel alive, and you find yourself enjoying Jacob's adventures as if you're having an adventure outdoors yourself. Kids are going to love this book. I also liked the ending where Jacob finally manages to get over his biggest hurdle. In conclusion, this is the kind of book parents should introduce to their children to instill a sense of adventure and love for the outdoors at an early age.