I read this book and loved it when I was a kid! A great story about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear to prove his courage.
this book good for kids in the first or second grade
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.
Excellent award winning novel for 5th/6th graders. A coming of age story. Boys love it!
This is an adventure story of Mafatu. He sails out alone to prove his courage, even though he is terrified of the ocean.
Winner of the Newberry Medal.
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.
"They worshipped courage, those early Polynesians" and this forces Mafatu to face terrifying things in the ocean. But he proves his ability as well as his intelligence.
New York Herald Tribune "A boy's character at ten years old is more often influenced by emotion than by reasoning. Something in the conduct of a hero leaps like a spark to light his own spirit. A book with a hero can sometimes bring this about. This is such a book.... It is related with unusual skill, carrying along a reader so rapidly he scarecely realizes how well it is being told... The story is wild enough to be remembered, and it cannot be remembered without doing good."-
This book is used in Sonlight Core 5
According to 12-year-old twin girls: Booooorrrrriinnnnnggggg. Predictable. Way too unrealistic.
The Back Cover Reads:
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 small dog Uri for company, Mafatu sails out alone_to die or prove his courage.
Never got around to reading it, but went with one of my Sonlight cores.
Book is in excellent condition and has a protective plastic covering.
Winner of the Newberry medal.
From the backcover:
This classic tale of a young boy's hidden strength has been a favorite of readers of all ages since it's 1940 publication.
From the NY Times:
"Like all hero legends Mafatu's story has a strength and simplicity. . . it is beautifully told."