A Little Courage
by Taltal Levi
* Ages: 4-8
* Grade Level: PS-3
* Hardcover: 48 pages
* Publisher: NorthSouthBooks
* Pub. Date: February 4, 2020
Detailed illustrations in colored-pencil textures bring readers down to size, pulling them into the girl’s pastel-hued, wonder-filled world as it expands, through her bravery, to embrace a life beyond solitude... Publishers Weekly
A fun look at perspective, perfect for storytime sharing... School Library Journal
Unwrapping Some Great Illustrations for You
A teeny-tiny, tea cup sized, little girl rises with the sun and spends her day playing with the curious treasures that she stumbles upon in her house. A glass of water becomes her swimming pool, she has adventures in the stems and leaves of a plant, and she tries to keep her balance on a roll of toilet paper as it rolls along, just to name a few. The little girl suddenly discovers that she is being followed by a huge, dark, scary shadow. She is frightened and protects herself by hiding herself away from the monstrous predator's eyes.
She finally musters up the courage to come out of her hiding spot and face her enemy head on. She discovers that the dark shadow has soft fur and makes a purring sound that seems melodious, not vicious. Should she approach the creature trusting her instincts that he is really gentle and nice?
She makes a decision in the affirmative and her choice of dispelling her fears pays off big time.
The illustrations are detailed, done in a limited colour pallet, and fun. The message of the book is that fear can be conquered if you courageously step forth and confront it. The author adds a cliff hanger at the end which kids will love I'm sure. I love open ended stories that lead to opinions and discussions as to what may come next. I like the book a lot and I highly recommend it.
Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!!!!!
Meet the Author/Illustrator
Taltal Levi was born in the Galilee, Israel. She graduated from Lucerne University of Arts and Design with a degree in illustration, and currently works and lives in Basel, Switzerland. From a young age she used drawing as a tool to liberate herself from reality’s hardship and dullness. Taltal loves telling stories about characters who embrace their vulnerabilities and overcome obstacles. Her narratives incorporate fantasy elements and draw inspiration from nature, animals and her own childhood memories. For more information visit: www.taltallevi.com
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