Purple Dragonfly Award Honorable Mention
Bruce and the Road to Courage
With courage, there’s always hope.
Terrified to transform into a butterfly and bullied by the other caterpillars because he’s afraid of heights, Bruce runs away. On the road, he finds better friends who understand him, but when moth caterpillar Angie is abducted by bats, Bruce is again frozen with fear.
Shamed by his cowardice, Bruce vows to rescue her. With the help of his new friends, he braves the cave. But can one caterpillar, a mockingbird, a jumping spider, and an aging firefly prevail against Stang, the bats’ tyrannical leader?
"My seven year old boy loved this book. Every night he would
remind me to read a chapter. His favorite part of the book was
"all the bugs and insects" and would ask lots of questions about the different things he was learning in this tale. This book was a perfect match for a boy who usually reaches for nonfiction.
As an educator I loved the fact that this book not only taught kids about the natural world but also taught them how to find courage within themselves—young kids will relate to this theme.
We are currently reading the second book in the series,
Bruce and the Road to Honesty and look forward to joining
Bruce on his new adventures."
-- Heather Breedlove