Call It Courage Author:Armstrong Sperry, Dom Lupo (Illustrator) A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a Polynesian race who worships courage, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward. 1941 Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book. — Mafatu's name means "Stout Heart," but his people call him a coward. Ever since the sea took h... more »is mother's life and spared his own, he has lived with deep fear. And even though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru--an island whose seafaring people worship courage--he is terrified, and consequently, he is severely scorned.
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.
From the Publisher
Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward. When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered-- so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross. A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.« less
Newbery Medal Winner, part of the Just For Boys series.
From the back: This is a legend sung by the people of Hikueru - this is the story of how a boy's courage grew and of how he finally returned home exhausted in body, but strong and fearless in spirit - truly Mafatu, the Stout Heart.
Scholastic Newberry Award Winner
"When he was a small boy, Mafatu nearly drowned at sea. Ever since, he has been terrified of the ocean. But worse now are the jeers of the other boys. They call him a coward because he won't go out fishing with them, and Mafatu knows the time has come to face his enemy. With only his smlal dog Uri for compnay, Mafatu sails out alone - to die or prove his courage.