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Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Book DescriptionMaftu 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780689713910
(190mm x 130mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 30-Apr-1990
Country of Publication: United States
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This winner of the 1941 Newbery Medal tells the story of how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people. Reissue.
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