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REVIEW: When You Are Brave by Pat Zietlow Miller

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Title: When You Are Brave

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller | Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler

Publisher: Little Brown Books | Published: March 5, 2019

Theme: Bravery

Character Origin: Human 

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 5-7 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave.

Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out.

My overall thoughts…

I’ve waited for what seems like forever to get my hands on this book. It has been on my “must-read” list even before it hit shelves in March. I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Pat Zietlow Miller has done it again! Her innate ability to translate feelings into intelligible words that children can decipher is sheer magic. The simplicity of the text is a testament to the effectiveness of the perfect word choice, especially in children’s books.

The illustrations and text…

Wheeler’s illustrations were done with watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. I was able to appreciate her use of blue to convey the young girl’s fear and worry while using yellow when she finds her bravery. I love the subliminal messaging in that. This is a perfect display of when words and imagery collide–creating a masterpiece. The passages are short but concise. The font size and type are great for young readers. Sometimes it’s the most straightforward approach that makes the most significant impact. Zietlow Miller proves this here.

I’ll give it…


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