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Book Review: Brave Dave by Giles Andreae

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What happens when a brave little bear accepts himself for who he is instead of what he is expected to be? Read on for a book review of Brave Dave by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees.

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Brave Dave Book Review

In Brave Dave, a little bear tries his hardest to be like his big brother Clarence.  Clarence is strong, brave, and everything that grizzly bears should be.  Dave isn’t mighty or strong in fact, he starts to feel lonely and sad because he can’t mold himself into the image of his brother.  

Dave prefers to admire the pretty fabrics he finds in trees and the different colors of wildflowers in his community.  Dave decides to create something beautiful for Clarence, using his confidence in his artistic skill rather than brute strength.

Brave Dave is an empowering picture book that encourages children to embrace their individuality even if it looks different from their siblings’ strengths.  Dave turns out to be a skilled sewer and is able to give his brother a beautiful handmade gift once he lets the worries of not fitting in go. Illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees are colorful and textured with lots of background details for children to point out.

Rating 4/5 stars

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