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 Courage hats
 Author: Hoefler, Kate

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [41] p., col. ill., 21 x 25 cm

 BTSB No: 450914 ISBN: 9781797202761
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Bears -- Fiction
 Courage -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Railroads -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Mae is a little girl, and Bear is a bear, but they are both afraid of trains and traveling to places they do not know, so they put on courage hats. Mae's has bear ears, and Bear's has people ears, and when they meet on the train going through bear country to the city, they take courage in each other's company and soon become friends. When they arrive they exchange hats, which is a lot like exchanging hearts.

 Illustrator: Bagley, Jessixa

   School Library Journal (-) (03/01/22)
 The Hornbook (00/05/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 K-Gr 2—In a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live harmoniously, a young girl and bear meet for the first time on a train ride to summer camp and help each other overcome a shared fear of trains. While the premise of the title is that courage can be worn, like a hat, before it "comes from your heart," the core message shifts under other metaphorical weights, with few explanations, to end with counsel that a genuine connection with a friend may be all that is needed to overcome one's fear. Readers may be distracted by a tangle of certain observable story elements, such as confusion as to what the girl and bear fear, as well as why they make and wear hats to look like a bear and a human, respectively, in order to appear brave on the train. The language surrounding the story's elements strikes a distinctly abstract tone at times, so the intended young audience will need an adult's support to delve into the message, though they will enjoy sharing the sights with the two new friends. Thin graphite lines form open, organized layouts made up of light watercolor washes and blends of green, brown, blue, and yellow hues to depict the smooth motion of a train traversing through uncluttered city life and forests. VERDICT While the illustrations are pleasing to the eye, this story offers confusing messaging about the nature of courage and how it is summoned.—Rachel Mulligan - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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