A Little Bit of Courage

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Pub Date 13 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 13 Jul 2021

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In this follow-up to the beloved picture book A Little Bit Different, the Ploofers are back for a heartwarming exploration of fear and finding courage.

The Ploofers have just learned a valuable lesson in celebrating differences and trying new things. They've been practicing something very special again and this time it requires extra teamwork... But Little One is too scared to go on this new adventure. Will some kind and encouraging words from Toasty help him find a little bit of courage?

With simple, striking illustrations and a cutaway cover design that adds tactile interest, A Little Bit of Courage picks up right where A Little Bit Different left off. With a subtle yet powerful message on overcoming anxiety and finding the courage to live life to its fullest, this book will resonate with children and adults alike.
In this follow-up to the beloved picture book A Little Bit Different, the Ploofers are back for a heartwarming exploration of fear and finding courage.

The Ploofers have just learned a valuable...

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ISBN 9780711260078
PRICE $18.95 (USD)

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Very good picture book for the less brave readers, showing how a little Ploofer can shoof. A shoof, by the way, involves farting multicoloured gas out a hole in the top of your head with enough thrust you can do a headstand on the cloud you're making, on the way to being thoroughly airborne. So yes, not a thing a cute little Ploofer would relish at first. And they do look cute – the adult ones look a bit like a fat slice of grey toast, while the young'un is, well, I won't mention Tribbles in case of trouble. A heartwarming slice of positivity made to look really attractive, this is four and a half stars.

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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley

This was such a sweet loving book that both my boys enjoyed and the pictures were awesome

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As a mom and a teacher, I think this is a great book! The message is simple- it’s okay to be scared and your family and friends are there to encourage you. The whimsical illustrations are engaging! The simple text is easy to follow and will allow for meaningful conversations at home or in school.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Quarto Publishing Group through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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This is a beautiful little book, with cute characters. My daughter and I loved the story of the ploofers and how they helped the little one be brave and have courage when he was scared to fly with them. The illustrations are beautiful and colourful and the book has simple text that little children will understand.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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"No! I'm scared!"
"It's alright."

"Let's try again."

An adorable, colorful tale of a little ploofer learning to be brave. I appreciate the wisdom of acknowledging fear as real--instead of saying "you're fine," saying it's okay to be scared.

A whimsical, wholly-original story, one where you smile at its simplicity and imagination. Highly recommended.

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I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley.
The Ploofers return for another adventure. Now that they can Shoof!, they decide to go flying. All of them except the littlest one join together and start to soar. The little one is scared to fly so stays behind. He meets someone who encourages him to be brave and together they start flying too.
Lovely story about facing fear and finding courage. Alexander encourages readers to take small steps toward being brave and keep going. The illustrations capture the joy and fears in the character expressions. The soft colored rainbow clouds support the nurturing message in the text.

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This is an excellent book about courage that teaches children how to be brave in small steps. Sometimes well-meaning adults are too pushy and it makes children feel even worse, so there are lessons for all ages in here. Trying something new is a rewarding goal to work toward and I think this will help a lot of kids do just that.

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This is a sweet and encouraging little book. The illustrations are beautiful and engaging. This will be a lovely book for any child, helping them to define and understand courage.

The publisher made a copy of this book available for review via Netgalley, This is my honest review.

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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* kinda weird but pretty cute, would be good to read with other books about courage

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Trying new things can be scary, and Little One is no exception to feeling the fear of trying something new. Family and friends are there to help them, though, and once they try the new activity, they realize that they enjoy it. Claire Alexander’s A Little Bit of Courage features simple and sweet illustrations which will appeal to a toddler audience.

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The Ploofers are back! I absolutely adored the first book - it is still my favourite, and this makes a great little companion. Heartwarming and sweet with another good message. I love the use of greys with the pops of colour. Kids should definitely meet The Ploofers - they are a hoot!

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5★
“No, I’m not brave!
I feel like a wobbly jelly!
I can’t do it!”

The illustrations in this little book are so imaginative that they could be anybody. They are living thought bubbles, plushy-looking and round enough to be cute, painted with grey colours neutral enough to represent any reader.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“These are the Ploofers. They have been practising something really special”

What’s that, you may ask? They are going to “SHOOF!” (Whatever that is.) It seems to be a little like being an upside-down balloon, puffing out a rainbow cloud that blows the Ploofer into the sky. The Ploofers may look grey but they are full of every colour.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“TA DA! They are flying! . . . Wait a minute . . . Where’s our little one?”

Where indeed? The little one is hanging back. Then a big one comes along, asking doesn’t it look like fun?

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“Um, not really. Being up there looks way too scary.”

Understandable. But the big one says they can go together, so the little one agrees. Well, until the moment of truth and then all bets are off.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“NO! I’m not brave! I feel like a wobbly jelly. I can’t do it.”

So . . . how do you convince someone to give it a go, have a try, work up the courage? Step by gentle step, shoof by little shoof. That’s how!

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“That’s it! We’re going up!” Oops, a slip. “Let’s try again . . . up we go!”

Flying through the air – whee! Nothing to it!

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“I feel brave! . . . Look, everyone is so proud of you. Shall we join them?”

The Ploofers can do anything, go anywhere! They spot an interesting place in the distance. A new destination? Is the little one still brave?

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“Um, where are we going?”

Notice a small change in attitude? The little one looks nervous but says “Where are WE going”, which sounds to me as if the gang is staying together.

I have not met the Ploofers in the first book, "A Little Bit Different", but I certainly enjoyed meeting them here. I have chosen a few pictures from corners of pages to give a sense of the flow of the story, but all pages are full of activity and colour. As I said, the Ploofers themselves are neutral, but their internal inclusive rainbow colours are a perfect way to show they are all the same inside.

Delightfully cute, and I can imagine an adult or older reader guiding a younger one through the story and starting some conversations about any fears or worries they may have.

Thanks to NetGalley and words&pictures for the preview copy from which I’ve selected a few illustrations.

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Cute illustrated book full of inspiring messages about getting trough anxiety and courage to do the things that scare you. I recommend this book for little ones that need a bit of encouragement.

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