Call It Courage

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Product Number: Z06895
Released: Jun 01, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470375812
Narrator/s: George Guidall
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Mafatu's name means Stout Heart, but the people of Hikueru call him a coward. He fears the sea and the powerful Sea God Moana because years ago, the powerful tides killed his mother. Such fear is shameful on this island, where the seafaring people revere bravery. But it is especially humiliating for Mafatu, whose father reigns as Great Chief of Hikueru. One day, young Mafatu can no longer stand the jeers and taunts of the braver boys. With his faithful dog, Uri, he steals an outrigger canoe and paddles into the Polynesian sea to conquer his fear. But what awaits Mafatu beyond Hikueru's sunny horizon is more than just courage. It is a dangerous passage that will shipwreck him on an island covered with forbidden idols, cross the path of a tribe of cannibals, and finally strip away his boyhood fears to make him a man. Told with openhearted simplicity, this Newbery Award-winning tale of coming-of-age in early Polynesia possesses a vivid appeal as wide and enduring as the ocean itself.


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Call It Courage
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"Mafatu, "Stout Heart," is terrified of the sea, which surrounds his Polynesian home. Driven by shame and isolation, he undertakes a voyage to test himself against the sea and his own fears. George Guidall catches the rhythm of the storyteller. For the most part, he reads in a clear, measured manner, but his delivery becomes more intense and rapid as Mafatu fights for his life in a hurricane and pits himself against a deadly octopus. When Mafatu triumphs, Guidall relaxes into broad, celebratory tones and sings Mafatu's paeans in full voice. Armstrong Sperry's Newbery Award-winning story as masterfully presented by George Guidall recounts a hero's personal journey and serves as an inspiring chart to a passage on the high seas of life. L.R.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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