A super hero, with a secret identity, who wears magical flashing shoes -- what’s not to like? Captain Courage and the Fear Squishing Shoes, by Stacey A. Marshall, is a book that immediately captures your interest and empathy for shy Katie. She is starting third grade in a new school because her father took a new job and moved the family to a new state. Naturally she is unhappy about the move.
Katie feels lonely and out of place. She misses her old friends and wonders if she’ll make new ones. Her teacher, classmates, and the principal are all welcoming to her. However, poor Katie seems paralyzed by fear until something amazing happens during “show and tell” time to change everything. With a little friendly advice, presented in an artful way, Katie stands tall and overcomes her fear and shyness.
Kids will enjoy Michelle Morse’s colorful and expressive illustrations. Katie’s emotions are clear on her face. Each picture has so many true-to-school-life details that kids will be right at home, eager for each new page. The touch of humor provided by a class mascot “showing off” will grab children’s attention as they answer: What’s he doing here?
This is a fun but “sly” educational storybook which shows kids they needn’t feel alone or fearful in new situations. Teachers, parents and kids will enjoy this book as they effortlessly learn specific steps to deal with and overcome fear and shyness. As they follow these simple steps, they will build up their self-confidence and courage to handle life challenges. I recommend it for home and school lessons and pure enjoyment. Thanks to Stacey A. Marshall and Michelle Morse for this engaging and helpful story.
Available from www.guardianangelpublishing.com