Kid’s chapter books: Courage
When I write kid’s chapter books, the characters often display courage in their lives. In Charlie the Horse, Charlie has to be brave enough to continue with his training after he has a bad day. In Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, Hattie the Chicken displays courage when she stands up against Bentley the bully. Some reviewers have said my autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, is a story of ” strength, passion and courage,” but that is always for readers to decide. Sometimes there is a story that stands above the others. Let’s consider that of little eight year-old Alissa Sizemore. She’s dreamed of becoming a dancer since she was a tiny four year-old. But something happened that could have derailed those dreams. One day last year Alissa was playing outside with her older sister, Cylee and their friends. She ran past some trash cans, just as a UPS truck was rolling to a stop. The tire ran over her foot, immediately severing it. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors worked feverishly to save her foot. But, it turned out that Alissa lost not only her foot, but also the lower part of her leg. Here are her Mom’s thoughts after the surgery:
“She didn’t understand why they couldn’t just give her back her foot,” Heather tells PEOPLE. “And then, to have half of her leg gone too, how do you explain that? It was very difficult. I still cry whenever I think of that conversation.”
Alissa’s dad, Phillip, even built a dance studio for her and her siblings at home. Here’s what he wanted her to know:
“He knew his youngest child faced a “rough road” to recovery.
“But I also knew that she was very determined and never gives up,” he says. “She’s always been like that. I told her, ‘Whatever it takes, you’ll get through this. With or without your leg, you’re still the same person.’ ”
For some time after the accident, Alissa needed crutches to get from place to place. But once she received her artificial leg, she began secretly practicing dancing. Imagine how stunned her family was last summer during auditions for the dance team placements. No one expected Alissa to participate. Nobody was surprised when she wanted to be a candidate for the recital. Here’s what one of her dance teachers said:
“Alissa never gave up and never even skipped a beat,” says Taunia Wheeler, one of three teachers who helped Alissa develop a routine.
“She’s shown an incredible amount of courage, determination and motivation to be the same little girl she has always been.”
With Alissa’s remarkable courage and wonderful attitude, I predict all of her dreams will come true.
If you like kid’s chapter books that highlight good attitudes and/or courage, you may enjoy my award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, or my fictional kid’s chapter books, Charlie the Horse, or Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. All five of my kid’s chapter books have important lessons to share with your children.
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015