Cover image for Call it courage
Title:
Call it courage
Author:
Sperry, Armstrong, 1897-1976.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1968.

©1940
Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

A Newbery Medal book.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.2 3.0 15.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.8 5 Quiz: 01733 Guided reading level: X.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780027860306
Format :
Book

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Maftu 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.