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Call It Courage (edition 1963)

by Armstrong Sperry, Dom Lupo (Illustrator)

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Title:Call It Courage
Authors:Armstrong Sperry (Author)
Other authors:Dom Lupo (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (1963), Paperback, 92 pages
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Tags:YA, adventure, Newbery Medal, survival

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A story 116 page chapter book for young readers who are starting chapter books. This book has lots of adventure and takes place in the Pacific. A young boy Mafatu is afraid of the ocean but becomes courageous after some amazing encounters on the ocean away from home.
  carldgibson | Dec 16, 2015 |
The main character who is Mafatus was afraid of the sea because he remembered when his mother was taken by it when he was just a baby. He always believe that he too would be taken by the sea if he ever went in. He was called names like a wimp and a coward because of this. He felt like a disappointment so he wanted to make his father proud. By doing this he took his dog and he set out to sea on his canoe. He expected things to be alot different but it was not so. He was very handy with the items he found on a deserted island. He made a knife out of a whale's bone which he used to kill an octopus. He even killed a hammerhead and a boar with a spear that he had found. He had ultimately face and conquered his fear. His really did make his father proud.

Personal Reaction: Books like this I like reading because you can feel like you are in the book going through what the character is going though. This book has a great lesson on trusting and believing in one's self. It also teaches about courageousness.
Class Extension: In the class I would have all the students gather around and form a literature circle and we all discuss the book together.
I would also have the children draw out how they would overcome their fears.
  rocquel | Nov 29, 2015 |
Read my review of the audiobook version of this 1941 Newbery Medalist, a classic adventure, survival, coming-of-age tale set on a real island in the South Pacific, at http://newberryproject.blogspot.com/2009/09/call-it-courage-1941.html.
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
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Mafatu was afraid of the sea because it had taken his mother when he was a baby. He believed the sea god, Moana, would take his life too if he entered the sea. Everyone in the island of Hikueru branded him a coward. Mafatu had only two friends, a dog named Uri and an albatross named Kivi. He decided one day that he was going to leave the island and face his fear. He wanted to make his father, the Great Chief of Hikueru, proud. So he left on his canoe, with his dog and albatross and entered the sea. He faced a store and days on a desert island. He found himself very resourceful beyond his own expectations. He made his own knife out of whale bone, which he used to kill an octopus. He also killed a wild boar and a hammerhead using a spear he found. He built his own canoe and escaped the eaters-of-men. He proved his courage and returned home to his island. His father was very proud of him.

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This story is a great read for 5th graders or above. I really enjoyed the story. The author has a great way of making you feel like you're in the story. It also teaches a great lesson of courage and believing in yourself.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. In the classroom, form a literature circle and discuss the book with the class as a group.
2. Have the students engage in creative writing and express their thoughts and feelings towards the story. ( )
  angela.knox | Nov 11, 2014 |
A Newbery winner, this slim historical children's fiction was written in 1940. And while the story holds up, it is a bit racist by today's standards (featuring a young Polynesian islander on the look out for those black, savage man-eaters!). More novella than novel, this simple coming-of-age story does offer a young reader plenty to imagine. It's a contemplative read for the student who loves to dive into the setting of a story of survival (a la Robinson Crusoe). That being said, I feel it lacks the action that is needed, sadly, to keep most media-bombarded youngsters turning the pages. The ending is a bit ambiguous allowing for a nice but not necessarily deep conversation with a parent or teacher. Recommended for the right kind of 4th through 6th grade student. ( )
  ResAliens | Feb 6, 2014 |
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It happened many years ago, before the traders and missionaries first came into the South Seas, while the Polynesians were still great in numbers and fierce of heart.
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CALL IT COURAGE has been published in the United Kingdom as THE BOY WHO WAS AFRAID.
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Mafatu has been afraid of the sea for as long as he can remember. Though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru - an island whose seafaring people worship courage - Mafatu feels like an outsider. All his life he has been teased, taunted, and even blamed for storms on the sea.
Then at age fifteen, no longer willing to put up with the ridicule and jibes, Mafatu decides to take his fate into his own hands. With his dog, Uri, as his companion, Mafatu paddles out to sea, ready to face his fears. What he learns on his lonesome adventure will change him forever and make him a hero in the eyes of his people.
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Mafatu has been afraid of the sea for as long as he can remember. Though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru - an island whose seafaring people worship courage - Mafatu feels like an outsider. All his life he has been teased, taunted, and even blamed for storms on the sea.

Then at age fifteen, no longer willing to put up with the ridicule and jibes, Mafatu decides to take his fate into his own hands. With his dog, Uri, as his companion, Mafatu paddles out to sea, ready to face his fears. What he learns on his lonesome adventure will change him forever and make him a hero in the eyes of his people.

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Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea, which killed his mother when he was a baby, and proves his courage to himself and his people.

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