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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
You Can Be Brave by Sarah Joseph, M. Ed with illustrations created by Sharad Kumar is a children’s picture book that focuses on snapshots in moments of children’s lives who are taking the step forward to accomplish something that they may have never attempted before. The narrative style is a rhyme scheme that has a whimsical tune to the ear. The book will draw young readers in with both the captivating story and the colorful illustrations. The story is later followed up by a page of thought-provoking questions that can be asked of the child reader.
You Can Be Brave made me smile as I read along. Bright and rich in color, the images fill the page with emotion. Each character feels unique to their own moment. The story line will provide young and older readers alike with the newness of what it feels like to challenge themselves and meet those goals; perhaps it will even instill in some the desire to try new things. The message of being brave is an important characteristic to try to cultivate within ourselves, young and old alike. I feel that You Can Be Brave delivers on that urgency. This book would be perfect for anyone who is wanting to try something new for the first time and may be fearful. It lets the young reader know that there is an inner strength that can appear when you believe in yourself to accomplish the goals you set.