Friday, February 1, 2008

Call It Courage


Call It Courage
Armstrong Sperry
Newbery Medal 1941
Coming of age, overcoming fears and challenges, a Polynesian boy survives on an island and returns home a man. Good story, nice action and drama, rich descriptions and use of metaphor (or is it simile?)... minor peeve of mine, when the illustrations don't match the action on the page: after telling how the mast snapped and was lost, next page has full sail, etc....
connections: island life, sailing, oceanography, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson (prob next on my list, #2 is reading it now), cannibalism, The Cay
I didn't include the "violence" tag since it was fights against sharks and octopuses...

2 comments:

alisonwonderland said...

i just listened to the audio book version of this one. i didn't think i'd particularly like the story, but i enjoyed it quite a bit.

JK said...

I wasn't sure about it either at first, thinking it would be generic/trite, an afterschool special wimp-turns-hero story... then it got so much better! I guess those Newbery folks know what they're talking about...