An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave.
Saying goodbye to neighbors. Worrying about new friends. Passing through a big city. Seeing a dark road ahead. In these moments, a young girl feels small and quiet and alone. But when she breathes deeply and looks inside herself, a hidden spark of courage appears, one she can nurture and grow until she glows inside and out.
New York Times bestselling author Pat Zietlow Miller's uplifting words join New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler's luminous art to inspire young readers to embrace their inner light--no matter what they're facing--and to be brave.
Big changes are underway for Miller and Wheeler's protagonist: her family is moving far from friends and familiar surroundings. As the girl sits uneasily in a car's dark backseat, a photo album reminds her of other days, and suddenly the whole world feels "Too big. Too loud. Too hard. Too much." Opening scenes capture a feeling of alienation, rendered in moody blues and greens. But the girl musters her inner strength ("You can make your courage," exhorts the narrator). The landscape transforms from one of smoky, industrial towers into idyllic forests and hills, and finally to a wonderful seacoast home. Miller's message about mindfulness and self-empowerment is laid down a little thick, but Wheeler's drawings are emotionally rich and deeply reassuring. Ages 4 8.