Take Off Your Brave: The World through the Eyes of a Preschool Poet

Take Off Your Brave: The World through the Eyes of a Preschool Poet
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March 22, 2022
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See the world through a small child’s eyes in this enchanting collection of poems by a four-year-old, joyfully illustrated by an award-winning artist.

For scared-sugar things, you put on your brave
And you can take it off again, when you realize it’s OK.
And that’s it. Scary and sweet. Scared-sugar.

Four-year-old Nadim puts his words on paper and gives us a glimpse of how he sees the world: one filled with glitter, magical boxes, and cuddles with Mom. A place where school smells like daffodils and honey (and sometimes dirty socks), where Wednesdays are rainbow-colored, where fish in the sea make a shhhh sound, and where everyone has love, even baddies. The poems in this anthology make for joyful reading and are paired with vibrant, child-friendly artwork by Yasmeen Ismail that invites us to full-heartedly enter Nadim’s world. At once funny and sweet, gentle and zany, this anthology may just entice readers young and old to release the poet within.

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Through the Eyes of a Four Year Old
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Children view the world from a unique perspective and TAKE OFF YOUR BRAVE gives us some insight into the mind of a preschooler. Nadim, a four year old, has written poems inspired by his every day life. There's his mom, his sister, bedtime and bath time, his best friend, and more. The illustrations are cute and appropriate for the childish theme. The color scheme is soft which suits the poetry very well.

My favorite poem is "Memories" because it refers to the fact that he gets sad knowing he won't have that same experience again. It's a deep emotional feeling that I didn't expect a four-year-old to notice. Just goes to show you that they're wiser than we can imagine. It's interesting experiencing life through a preschoolers point of view and poetry is one of the best ways to express emotional events. This is made by a child for children and shows them that if your work hard enough, your dreams can come true.

Final Verdict: TAKE OFF YOUR BRAVE is an intriguing collection fo poems written by a four-year-old and makes for a good introduction to poetry to those children who haven't been exposed to it.
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