Call It Courage

Call It Courage

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A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery Medal.

Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward. When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered— so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross. A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788700750
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/28/1994
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Armstrong Sperry (1897–1976) is the author of many books for young readers, including Call It Courage, All Sail Set, Lost Lagoon, and Hull-Down for Action.

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Call It Courage 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in third grade (part of the recommended age group) and LOVED it. I read it again just a few days ago for my Children's Literature class in college. I did my book review on it. I forgot what a wonderful book this is. The description is wonderful and can make a person's imagination run wild! My nephew is seven, and I think I'm going to read it to him next time I watch him. He would love it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Armstrong Sperry did a wonderful on this 1941 Newberry Medal book, 'Call It Courage.' I believe this book is wonderful for kids of all ages. I love how the boy has a fear and realizes he has to conquer it on his own. A story like this will help any kid going through something see that it takes time, but someday they will be able to move on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a good book. 'Mafatu the boy who's afraid' hates being called that, so he and his friends Kivi, his albatross, and Uri, his dog leave. He keeps hearing Moana, the sea god who killed his mother say 'some day I will claim you'. As they find land they find an ugly idol. He then realizes that was where the 'Black Eaters Of Men' make sacrifices. Later he finds the skeleton of a whale and makes weapons. Then he stabbed a hammerhead and saves Uri. In the canoe he drops his knife and dives 40 feet to get it and meets a giant octopus and kills it. Then he kills a wild boar. Later he sees the 'Black Eaters Of Men'. They chase him in his canoe. He thinks Maui betrayed him. He escapes the 'Black Eaters Of Men'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Call It Courage is about a young boy who is expected to be brave because his father is a chief. But Mafatu is afraid of the sea and remembers, quite vividly, how it took his mother a long time ago. The story tells how Mafatu challenged and overcame his fears. It was not easy. But reading this story is easy and well worth reading again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a little hard to understand but gets a little better as you read on. The story is centered on the idea of courage which is greatly relected in the plot of the story.
colonels_wife2 More than 1 year ago
I'm giving the book 3 stars because my daughter and I are only half-way through the book. I homeschool my daughter and this book is required reading for a Language Arts lesson. I've read all the reviews here and I find one constant theme among them: poor spelling and poor imagination. To visualize Armstrong Sperry's world in "Call It Courage", you must use your mind's eye...your imagination. Is it that our youth today has no imagination? I would question whether technology (that I love) has stolen minds? Put down the Xbox controller, the game console controller, the handheld games, the cellphone, and computer. Sit in a comfy chair with good light and pick up a book--and read. My daugher is 8 years old and in the 5th grade. She has no issue with the wording in the book and I think it is beautifully written. I will finish the review once we've completed the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good and very well written. It describes the life on the islands well, and it also describes the bonding of the boy and his animals during his quest to find courage. The only problem with reading it is that you can get tongue-tied sometimes with the pronounciation of the islands and language. Other than that, it is easy and enjoyable to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember watching 'Call it Courage' when I was 9 years old on tv, even up to this day, this program was the best.I am now 37,was really glad to retrace this title and even see the face of Mafatu! Brings good memories
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read it as a child and it is still one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this book is an inspiring tale about a young boy, who is determined to conquer his fear of the waters. The adventures Mafatu encounters will take your breath away, and leave you on the edge of your chair. Mafatu and his compainion Uri are heartfelt characters, and you are always hoping for their best, and well being. If you were to read any book this year read Call It Courage because it is definetly worth the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for reports, kids that think they just can't do something, or best of all entertainment. Mafutu, The young son of the chief of a tribe, has to face his constint fear that haunts him day and night, water. Ever since this young boy's mother jumped into the ocean to save his life and drowned, this boy Mafutu, that's name means courage, has been terrified and journeys to over come his fear. This is one of the greatest books i have ever read, and I recomend it for anyone and everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is like a dream to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read the book before. My friend recommended it and i need to get it. I read the desricption and the book seems AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone on Hikeuru (a Polynesian island near the Great Barrier Reef) believed that Mufatu was a coward for being scared of the ocean. While the others were fishing he was making fishing hooks and nets. Everywhere he went people would make fun of him. One day Mufatu decided to leave Hikeuru to prove himself worthy with his dog who’s his best friend, Uri and Kivi the Albatross. Later that night he snuck away on a canoe. All he brought with him was a knife and some nuts. After days in the canoe they finally reach an island. The island was lush and beautiful. But when Mufatu and Uri look around they find an evil shrine. The shrine was made by a group of people called the eaters-of-men. Will Mufatu and Uri survive and get back to Hikeuru? I thought “Call it Courage” was a pretty good book. Some of the words were in a different language. Since call it courage was written a while ago Armstrong Sperry worded it differently. Overall I thought Call It Courage was a pretty good book. I would recommend this book for kids 11 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it in 4th grade like 2 or 1 month ago and of course loved it. It was amazing Mafatu is like the most brave person in a book i have literaly read. Me and my friend all ways talked about how like amazing it was when we moved on to another book FEVER 1793 witch also you can get on the nook. We hoped it was similar to Call it Courage and thats how amazing it was.
Labradorlover0SM More than 1 year ago
I read the book at school.The heros are Mafutu the cowedley boy,Uri the brave dog and Kivi the loylal albatross.It was soooooooooooooo good.Read CALL IT COURAGE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This chapter book illustrates a boy who has great fear but overcomes his trepidation while on a journey across the sea. "Call It Courage" by Armstrong Sperry takes readers on a voyage with the main character, Mafatu and his two friends, a dog named Uri, and an albatross named Kivi. Chapter one of this story lays the reasoning behind Mafatu's fear, the sea, which is ironic because he lives on an island. But because of a nautical tragedy Mafatu fears the sea greatly. The island's native tribe label Mafatu as a coward and his father, the Chief of the tribe, does not speak to Mafatu out of shame of this fear. At the end of chapter one, we see that Mafatu feels the need to prove he is not a coward and takes off in a canoe into the open ocean. Chapter two then leads us into the trying times that Mafatu has while battling the open ocean waters and its unforgiving squalls and hurricanes. Finally Mafatu and his dog, Uri, find themselves shipwrecked off the coast of an unknown island, which closes chapter two. "The Island" is the title of chapter three and describes a few more adventures that Mafatu experiences. Mafatu scouts the island for people and shelter and finds nothing, he then begins to understand that he is alone and can only depend on himself for survival. Mafatu scavenges food, builds shelter, treats his wounds, crafts a new canoe, makes a knife from shell and dares to touch a sacred God's statue. The next chapter, chapter four, again shows the obstacles that Mafatu has to overcome while living on this unfamiliar island. Mafatu puts his life in danger in-order to save the life of his dog and friend against a powerful hammerhead shark. He then defeats the perils of the deep lagoon which is inhabited by a massive octopus. The final chapter of the book brings Mafatu home, but not before making a great escape from the people who eat men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is about a boy named Mafatu and his fear of the ocean. Mafatu gets lost at sea with his dog. They nearly drown. Both of them get washed up on another island. When he is looking for bananas all of them are gone. He finds a statue looking for bananas. What happens next? Read to find out. I give Call it Courage four out of five stars. My favorite Character is Mafatu. I like hime because he does cool things. Ithink its a good book i just don't think it's great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old son was assigned this book for a book report and struggled with it alot. He is a straight A student and recieved a C- on this report. The wording is very difficult for a 9 year old child.
goodnightmoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so quick and enjoyable - exactly what an adventure story should be. The action was paced just right and the descriptions were clear. I'm amazed how well this has stood the test of time - kids today could easily read this and love it. The only thing that was missing for me was a takeaway message or thought - a theme.
eburkham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mafatu is a young boy whose mother died at sea when he was a toddler while saving him during a hurricane. Mafatu is deeply afraid of the ocean as he grows older the fear does not subside. Even though his father is the Chief and Mafatu¿s name means brave heart other tribesmen heckle him for being afraid and without courage. Mafatu decides he is going to concur his fears and make his father proud of him. He leaves his island of Hikueru and gets caught in a hurricane. He eventually makes it to an unoccupied island. Mafatu gets to work making a shelter, canoe, and knives. He catches fish, kills a shark, wild pig, and an octopus while at the island. He discovers that there is an idol on the island that the man-eaters come and worship every so often. On his last night on the island he is awakened by a drumming. He realizes it is the men-eaters and they try to capture him. He narrowly escapes back out to see and heads home to the island of Hikueru in hopes of making his father and tribesmen proud of him. He wants them all to know that he is no longer without courage. This story is all about conflict and perseverance. Many times throughout life we encounter struggles against nature, others, and ourselves. I love the way this book is encouraging you to keep on trying and like Mafatu you can over come.I would have my students discuss different ways Mafatu helped himself to survive. I would ask a person in the community to come into the classroom and show the students different ways they could help themselves in nature.I would have my students divide a poster board in to halves. On one half I would have my students draw pictures of items they may come across in nature that could be harmful to them. On the other half I would ask them to draw pictures of items they could use to help them to survive in nature.
krissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one. I always think it is hard to pull off a story where there is only one character, but Sperry does this very well. There is lots of outer (as well as inner) conflict to keep the story going. There was a consistent `what happens next?¿ feel to it that kept it going. As a younger person I would have wondered if he was going to make it, and that would have kept me reading on. As an adult, you know how it has to end, so you lose a bit of that element. Oddly, I kept trying to relate it to Steinbeck¿s The Pearl in my mind. All in all, a quick enjoyable read. But one I am glad I read as an adult, not sure if I would have understood the `layers¿ when I was younger.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mafatu is afraid. His mother died in the sea and now he fears it. All his people know of his fear. His father is saddened by his fear.At last, Mafatu decides to face his fears. He sails off into the sea and ends up on a remote island. He must confront sharks, dangerous man-eating people, lack of food and water, an octopus, and a lack of a ship to return home.
PatrickB5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is about a indian boy who lives with a tribe on a island. He runs away his home town. He survives with his and then they finally go home. The boy is afraid of Moana, The sea god. This is a good Book!
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I particularly enjoyed reading this because my parents spent part of their teenage years in Tonga and Hawaii. I grew up hearing stories of their adventures and seeing examples of the various handicrafts my grandparents had brought home from their stay. This short telling of a Hikueru legend is appealing to all those of us who have struggled with fear and who have desired to be brave. In addition, the descriptions of how Mafatu survives his adventures are exciting and interesting.