I have fond and distinct childhood memories of reading a huge poetry book. Curled up on the couch, I would flip that big book open and dive into whatever poem the page flipped to. I love poetry and how it tells a story in a different form. Introducing poetry to my children is something I have anticipated since the birth of my firstborn. We’ve been able to introduce poetry with the practice of Poetry Tea Time, but I’m always on the hunt for new poetry.
Enter The Once Brave Boy by Briana Gervat. This book follows the story of Andrew and his quest of overcoming fears and being courageous. As Andrew wrestles with feeling inadequate, his loving parents devise a plan that will empower Andrew to be the brave boy they know him to be. When his loyalty is put to the test; Andrew must decide if he will let his fear hinder him, or if he will push forward.
This unique story is written in a poetic prose. Reading it to my kids was a delight. My son especially loved the story of the brave boy. I was a little worried that my kids might lose interest in the story, because there are no illustrations. But even though there are no pictures in the book, my kids were held captive during the entire story.
As a parent, I really appreciated Andrew’s parents. In the story, they see Andrew struggling to overcome his fears. Instead of criticizing his struggle, they devise a plan. This plan evokes an opportunity for Andrew to overcome. To confront his fears with courage. While Andrew may not know his parents are pushing him; his parents love him enough to encourage him to move forward. This is a beautiful display of parenting. Reading this aloud to my kids, they only saw Andrew and his courage. But as a parent, I saw Andrew’s parents. While my kids rooted for Andrew to succeed, I was quietly high-fiving his parents for they way they took loving measures to encourage their son.
If you are looking a book that has adventure, poetry, encouraging parents, and a kid who overcomes, be sure to check out The Once Brave Boy.