Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 25

Picture Book: The Bravest of Us All

Author: Marsha Diane Arnold

Illustrator: Brad Sneed

Summary: To Ruby Jane, her 10 year old sister, Velma Jean, is the bravest of all. However, when Velma Jean refuses to enter a storm shelter as a tornado approaches because of her claustrophobia, Ruby Jane discovers that she too has strengths & great courage.

Hanna’s Comments
: I especially loved this book because of its loving relationships between the large group of siblings, especially the 2 sisters, Ruby Jane & Velma Jean. Also, it normalizes fear, but offers no explanation which we often don’t have for our real life fears.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Dial, 2000

Age and Grade Appropriateness
: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: video, but quality is poor 

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: bravery/courage, difference, the environment/nature, family, fear, gifts/giftedness/talents, helping, heroes, individuality/uniqueness, rescue, safety, safe place/sanctuary, savior/saving, secrets, storms, strength/strength in God, weather

Scripture Connections: Be strong & courageous (Joshua 1:9), fear not, for I am with you…I will help you (Isaiah 41:10), God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, love, & self-control (2 Timothy 1:7), perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18)

Idea(s) for Application
: Use this book in a therapy session (bibliotherapy) dealing with fears and how people have different fears often for no reason, but remembering prayer and God’s presence helps in all cases

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