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My 13 year old son brought this book to me two days ago and said that it is one of his all time favorites So I put it next to the computer to read when I finish Toward the Gleam He mentioned it again yesterday, so last night I took it with me to read at bedtime He saw that I had it on my bedtime stack and picked it up and began telling me again how much he enjoyed this book You could see the story play across his face as he held it almost reverently So I put my novel away, and took the ti My 13 year old son brought this book to me two days ago and said that it is one of his all time favorites So I put it next to the computer to read when I finish Toward the Gleam He mentioned it again yesterday, so last night I took it with me to read at bedtime He saw that I had it on my bedtime stack and picked it up and began telling me again how much he enjoyed this book You could see the story play across his face as he held it almost reverently So I put my novel away, and took the time to read something that my child cares about Now I know why he enjoyed it so much This youngest son of mine is the original intelligent caveman and this gripping adventure goes right to the heart of such a boy It also goes right to the heart of a mom who was so much like him as a child I couldn t put it down I don t know why I never read Call it Courage, but I remember reading adventure stories similar to this one and wishing that such exciting things would happen to me I am amazed at how quickly those old feelings came back as I read this book Occasionally 21st Century Mom kicked in This book was published in 1940 and I was distressed at some of the old stereotypes that our society has now abandoned, but I finally told her to be quiet and just settled in for a great read that transported me back to my childhood I was lost in a world where anyone can have a seemingly impossible adventure and rise to victory Maybe I needed a reminder that this really is the case if we just give it our best I love Mafatu s determination to overcome the label he has been given And I absolutely love that once he is resolved to this he never turns back He gives it his best and although he is war torn and weary, he overcomes the challenges and trials that he faces one step at a time None of it is easy, but his confidence in his own abilities grows with each challenge that he overcomes.This too was a real life here and now reminder for me My son is going to read the book again, and with it fresh in both of our memories, we are going to have a great book discussion [[ Free Book ]] ⇠ Call It Courage ↾ A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery MedalMafatu was afraid of the sea It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross A storm gave him his first challenge Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home This is a legend It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires I read this while reading middle grade Newberry honor books for my student, and while this may have been good in the 1940s when it was published, the book definitely shows its age to modern readers The entire book falls prey its the noble savage action adventure boys serial tone, and Mafatu s struggle to gain courage does little to redeem it, as the struggle is quite easily overcome There are also some parts where it becamedifficult for me to suspend my disbelief view spoiler like whe I read this while reading middle grade Newberry honor books for my student, and while this may have been good in the 1940s when it was published, the book definitely shows its age to modern readers The entire book falls prey its the noble savage action adventure boys serial tone, and Mafatu s struggle to gain courage does little to redeem it, as the struggle is quite easily overcome There are also some parts where it becamedifficult for me to suspend my disbelief view spoiler like when Mafatu dispatches a shark, boar, and octopus, all with very little trouble hide spoiler It s also troublesome for me to teach my student about gender equity if we re reading in the novel that Mafatu, unable to do the manly work of fishing because he s an islander who fears the sea , is relegated to the women s work of weaving nets and making spears True, the labor in many tribes were divided that way It doesn t mean I m comfortable using this as a model for my student Overall, I can see liking this for the nostalgia factor if it was a book you grew up with, but for new readers, it s probably better to stop combing the Newberry back catalog and look for something a littlerecent Ahoy there me mateys This be the second read in me April BookBum Club Challenge This read is long overdue Ye see it all stems from a post I read from me matey Jackie deathbysundoku back in October 2017 She be on the Great Newbery quest wherein she be reading all Newbery medal winners by January 2022 when the 100th Newbery Award happens Worthy goal indeed I meself had embarked on this journey many years ago before adverse winds and scads of other adventures sent me off course I had manag Ahoy there me mateys This be the second read in me April BookBum Club Challenge This read is long overdue Ye see it all stems from a post I read from me matey Jackie deathbysundoku back in October 2017 She be on the Great Newbery quest wherein she be reading all Newbery medal winners by January 2022 when the 100th Newbery Award happens Worthy goal indeed I meself had embarked on this journey many years ago before adverse winds and scads of other adventures sent me off course I had managed 24 of them at last count.So this be number 25 Arrrr As always I love me sea yarns This one is short but sweet It is the story of Maftu who grows up on an island A childhood mishap caused him rightly to be afraid of the sea Due to the fact that the sea supports the livelihood of the tribe, Maftu is known as a coward The day comes where he resolves to face his fears So he steals a canoe and takes off with his trusty dog companion to sail on the sea only to be thrust into an even bigger adventure Can he face his fears, learn to accept himself, and survive long enough to make it back home As me matey Jackie says, Yes, this 1940 Newbery Award winner certainly has some representation issues Yes, Call It Courage does play on all the noble savage action adventure boy serial tropes, such as those in the Tarzan serials Yes, it portrays sexism, bullying, and submitting to peer pressure in a positive light Yes, it does fall into a bit of a predictable storytelling mode where our protagonist magically conquers everything That said, I also very much enjoyed this tale when cultural context is taken into account Ye cheer on Maftu in his journey and come to respect his resourcefulness, hard work, and fortitude From the modern perspective, it is interesting to note that Maftu would not have survived his ordeal if he hadn t mastered the women s work that is scorned by the men of the tribe.The author was well known for his travels to the South Seas and the stories he brought back The tale of Maftu was one such tale that was still told around the fires of the Polynesian islands One of the highlights of the book were the author s own illustrations He became known for this artwork and illustrated over 40 books and magazines His pictures of Maftu adventures and island life were wonderful I do think all readers could find something to enjoy in this tale I highly encourage all the crew to read Jackie s review because it is basically perfect in its representation of the book and its impact.Much thanks to the BookBum Club for giving me the incentive to finally read this delightful short and sweet book 128 pgs Mafatu, the ten year old son of a Polynesian chieftan, has always feared the sea because in his toddlerhood he and his mother were swept away by a storm in which his mother lost her life As he approaches the edge of manhood, his fear prevents him from winning a place in his community Realizing their indifference to him, he sets out to sea alone in his canoe, taking only his dog and a few tools That night he is caught in a storm, in which he loses his paddle and all his tools, and he washes up Mafatu, the ten year old son of a Polynesian chieftan, has always feared the sea because in his toddlerhood he and his mother were swept away by a storm in which his mother lost her life As he approaches the edge of manhood, his fear prevents him from winning a place in his community Realizing their indifference to him, he sets out to sea alone in his canoe, taking only his dog and a few tools That night he is caught in a storm, in which he loses his paddle and all his tools, and he washes up on an island where cannibals are known to live He builds a shelter and canoe and chooses to survive while living there he kills an octopus, a boar, and a shark, and faces the human terror of ritualistic cannibals, barely escaping with his life At the end of his journey he returns to his village having proved himself a man.The story is set in a mythical Polynesia, but is written in a European voice at one point the author describes a canoe caught in a current like a millrace, a term which is decidedly foreign to this island culture The great weakness of this book is that the tribal societies which provide a backdrop for the story are caricatured The tribal fishermen represent noble savages, living so close to nature that they become ill at ease, charged with an almost animal awareness of impending storm 3 Conversely, the cannibal tribe represent a class of wordless, brutal primitives dancing with oiled bodies, beating drums around fires and stone idols, wailing, and shouting with guttural voices Mafatu appeals throughout the story to Maui, god of the Fishermen, and repeatedly challenges his nemesis Moana, the Sea God Sperry s Maui, however, hardly resembles the Polynesian trickster named Maui, and the Moana of the story is only a personification of the sea In some of the languages moana does mean sea or ocean No one having read this book should believe they have learned anything about the real Polynesia it is noa story about Polynesia than Little Red Riding Hood is about the European forest Notwithstanding this, if a reader can accept that Call it Courage is a lesson not in history but in moral courage, they may benefit from the moral example this hero represents Although Mafatu is limited by his youth and inexperience, he faces great dangers and survives, facing down one fear after another By making critical choices under pressure, and by refusing to succumb to the elemental, animal, spiritual and human forces arrayed against him, he finally wins his victory This coming of age is an accomplishment any young boy can aspire to Readable, yes But the problem is I have read tons of other castaway lost at sea living off the elements books that are way way better It s like a third rate Life of Pi It can easily be read in an hour and a half, though It s just that with all the great newberry honor books out there This one falls flat. What young boy, when becoming a man, doesn t long to be the hero within his life s story To have an adventure where he proves himself Where he can quiet his naysayers and come into his own Where a young man can stand tall, proud, confidant, and know who he is a man among men This book is an amazing adventure of fast paced action Where you know, in your heart of hearts, the main character will be okay At least, as a 41 year old woman this is true however, for an 11 year old boy it s not What young boy, when becoming a man, doesn t long to be the hero within his life s story To have an adventure where he proves himself Where he can quiet his naysayers and come into his own Where a young man can stand tall, proud, confidant, and know who he is a man among men This book is an amazing adventure of fast paced action Where you know, in your heart of hearts, the main character will be okay At least, as a 41 year old woman this is true however, for an 11 year old boy it s not so easily seen Halfway through and my 11 year old son was filled with questions and begging me to keep reading, Mom, Mafatu better get his canoe done quick and get out of there How long until the Dark Moon What does that mean anyway Mom, what do you think, is Mafatu going to have enough time to get away before the man eaters come back This is a feel good story perfect for middle school aged children A coming of age book that will leave the kids who read it longing for adventures of their own and wondering how they might prove to themselves their own might and courage one day Inspiring, admirable, and all things good an easy 5 star rating given Having been with me for 30 years, my copy of Call it Courage will now be finding itself nestled in on my 11 year old son s bookshelf It s a timeless, forever and a day, keeper of a book Blessed to be passing it on This Newbery winner tells of the trials of Mafatu, a fifteen year old Polynesian boy, the son of a chief Due to a tragedy that took his mother when he was a baby, Mafatu has a great distrust of the sea, so one day he takes a small boat and, accompanied by his dog, forces himself to face his fears After a storm, he washes up on an island of cannibals While building a shelter and another boat, he also faces predators and then the return of the cannibals.This slim story is, unfortunately, rather This Newbery winner tells of the trials of Mafatu, a fifteen year old Polynesian boy, the son of a chief Due to a tragedy that took his mother when he was a baby, Mafatu has a great distrust of the sea, so one day he takes a small boat and, accompanied by his dog, forces himself to face his fears After a storm, he washes up on an island of cannibals While building a shelter and another boat, he also faces predators and then the return of the cannibals.This slim story is, unfortunately, rather simplistic, and is dramatic only in the way that, say, old Tarzan serials are First, the book validates the importance of conformity to existing social values although Mafatu has made himself useful in the making of spears and nets, this is dismissed by his peers and the tone of the narration as women s work Also, disappointingly, Mafatu s victories are not a result of his being particularly clever or adept bravery and brute force are the only attributes extolled here He kills a boar, a shark, and most ludicrously, a giant octopus capable of grabbing him by the waist, not through clever stratagems, but simply by standing his ground and stabbing them Admirable, perhaps, but not exactly thrilling plots Certainly, Sperry means well, and he s good at describing this Adventure Story For Eager Lads, but I question the book s underlying message, and its one note hero, as a model for young minds This children s classic does a wonderful job of portraying Polynesian island culture I was disappointed in the illustrations since they are only blue and white and not the beautiful flamboyant colors of island life The book itself took a little effort on my part to finish because it seemed unrealistic to me that a young boy who was almost an outcast of society because of his fear of water could all of sudden do an about face, travel to another island, weather a storm and take care of himself This children s classic does a wonderful job of portraying Polynesian island culture I was disappointed in the illustrations since they are only blue and white and not the beautiful flamboyant colors of island life The book itself took a little effort on my part to finish because it seemed unrealistic to me that a young boy who was almost an outcast of society because of his fear of water could all of sudden do an about face, travel to another island, weather a storm and take care of himself I didn t like the message that peer pressure was important enough to risk one s life over I did like the message of if you want something badly do something about it, but it did seem that a don t do this at home label applied to most of what Mustafa did alone with no instruction.Of course, if I had been a child growing up in the 1940s I probably would have loved this book Meh This is pretty much everything I dislike about what I thought of as boy books when I was a kid It s like something that d be published in BOY S LIFE the Boy Scout magazine Definitely not better than THE LONG WINTER, which won an Honor that year.