Title: Sheila Rae, the Brave
Author: Kevin Henkes
Genre: Humor / Family / Bravery
Year Published: 1987
Year Read: 1994
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: Mouse Books #2
Content Rating: Ages 4+ (Nothing Objectionable)
“Sheila Rae, the Brave” is a children’s book written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and it is about how a brave little mouse named Sheila Rae tells everyone that she is not afraid of anything, at least until she gets lost in the woods when she tried to find a new way home. “Sheila Rae, the Brave” is an unforgettable classic that children both young and old will cherish for many years to come.
Kevin Henkes has brilliantly written and illustrated the charming story about Sheila Rae showing everyone how brave she is and how her younger sister Louise eventually showed her that she does not have to be brave by herself. Kevin Henkes makes the theme of the story worthwhile since Sheila Rae claims that she is not afraid of anything and even calls Louise a scaredy cat because Louise was always afraid of everything. But, when Sheila Rae is lost in the woods, it is her sister Louise who comes to the rescue, proving that the power of love is enough courage for anyone. Kevin Henkes’ illustrations are colorful and cute as the main characters are mice, which is evident in most of his books. The illustration that I loved the most was the illustration of Sheila Rae and Louise hugging each other after Sheila Rae gets lost in the woods since it shows how much the two care for each other, despite Sheila Rae calling her sister a coward.
“Sheila Rae, the Brave” is a wonderful children’s book about the true meaning of courage and how love for a family member can bring out the courage inside of you. I would recommend this book to children of all ages since even the older children would enjoy Sheila Rae’s bravery being displayed throughout this book.