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Call It Courage
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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780590406116
ISBN-10: 0590406116
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 92
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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this book good for kids in the first or second grade
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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.
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"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.
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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.