Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson

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Bravery has many meanings. Jerome's mom is a sailor. When her ship is in home port, she and Jerome bake cookies, read books together, and take their dog, Duffy, for walks. When his mom's ship goes to sea, she gives Jerome a hug and says, "Be brave, Jerome. I'll be back as soon as I can." Jerome doesn't feel brave at all. But he does what he needs to do every day—goes to school, helps his dad with chores, and takes care of Duffy. Then one day he learns that bravery means something very different than he thought it did. Pat Brisson's endearing story, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book and lovingly illustrated by France Brassard, shows how a Navy family adjusts to life while mom is serving at sea.

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PAT BRISSON has always loved the beach and especially the Jersey shore. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including "Bertie's Picture Day; Little Sister, Big Sister; "and "Hot Fudge Hero," which was named a Parents' Choice Honor Book and one of New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." Ms. Brisson lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.SACHIKO YOSHIKAWA grew up in Tokyo but spent many summers visiting the beaches of southern Japan. Her childhood memories served as inspiration when creating the pictures for this book. Ms. Yoshikawa is also the illustrator of" Stars," She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband. Stephane Jorisch's work has won many awards, including three Governor General's Awards for Illustration. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Published January 1, 2010 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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While war isn’t explicitly mentioned here, the mom in the story is a sailor in the Navy and the impact of her absence is strongly felt.

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We take our dog, Duffy, for walks.” But when Mom ships out and it's just Jerome and his dad, Jerome gets into fights at school, wets his bed, and can't sleep during a storm (“Is the storm out by Mom's ship, too?”).

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