Hayley's Courage

Hayley's Courage

by Linda M. Steiner


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This book was written for parents and/or professionals to discuss what it feels like for a child to be different. Although the story focuses on a child with Sturge-Weber syndrome, any illness or physical or mental challenge may be substituted in the syndrome's place. The story transcends specific elements and focuses on a child's struggle to fit in. Children with cancer, diabetes, or learning disabilities all face a similar dilemma of wondering how to be accepted as part of their peer group.

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ISBN-13: 9781483415352
Publisher: Lulu Publishing Services
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 46
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)

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Hayley's Courage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Hayley was born with a special mark on her face called a birthmark. The birthmark made her look different from others around her, but that did not stop her parents from teaching her that she was special, and she should always be strong and have the courage to tell others who are curious about her looks that she is not ugly or different from them. Hayley starts school with many other children. Will Hayley be able to remain strong if someone at school confronts her about her birthmark? Hayley's Courage written by Linda M. Steiner is an inspirational and encouraging children's book, introducing young readers to differences, courage, friendship, and birthmarks. As young children, we often want to look and act as our friends or others around us, and often feel ashamed of the different qualities or appearances we ourselves possess that differ from others. Author Linda Steiner creatively connects with the emotional strains and troubles young children often go through when they are different from their peers by enabling readers to completely connect with Hayley, the main character. The simple dialog allows for comprehension of the story's messages with ease. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Never judge a book by its cover. Don't judge someone simply because they look different or act differently from what you are used to. Hayley's Courage is a wonderful book for parents, teachers, counselors, and librarians to utilize in helping young children understand that it is okay to be different or look different from others around you.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Hayley's Courage is a children's non-fiction story written by Linda M. Steiner and illustrated by Leo Latti. Hayley is a little girl who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. This syndrome can cause birthmarks and other abnormalities. Hayley has a birthmark on her face, but her mother has explained to her that it makes her special, and that God wanted her to have that mark. When a boy in the supermarket laughs at her and calls her a monster, Hayley explains that it's a birthmark. She tells Cole, a classmate, the same thing when he laughs at her at first. Hayley's parents are proud of her and her courage in facing kids and teaching them about her birthmark. It's what's inside and who you are that matters is a message that's very hard for many children to accept at first, because feeling different or singled out can be a scary and lonely experience. Linda M. Steiner's children's nonfiction book, Hayley's Courage, provides a marvelous way to teach kids that being different is okay. Hayley's story is repeated many times in many schools. Kids who have speech impediments, birthmarks, or other attributes that make them different can and do face challenges in their daily lives. Hayley's Courage does a masterful job explaining this serious topic to children in a way that's both educational and inspiring. This book is a perfect way for all parents to get their children to focus on what and who a person is instead of how they look or what clothing they wear. Leo Latti's illustrations are perfectly suited for the tone of this story. They're brightly colored and reflect the warm and nurturing message conveyed. Hayley's Courage is most highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite Hayley’s Courage by Linda M. Steiner is a story about Hayley, a young child who has a birthmark on her face. Even though her parents have always loved her for who she is and have taught her that she is beautiful inside and out, other children her age don’t always understand that. She begins to hear hurtful comments from other kids, and she doesn’t understand how they can be so mean. But with the help of her parents, she learns to be brave and strong.  This children’s book teaches a valuable lesson. We need to love and accept people for who they are on the inside. In this society, we judge people on what they look like on the outside; sadly, even adults are guilty of this. With this book, children can learn that it’s not what’s on the outside that matters. Not only will it teach kids important life lessons, but the book itself is also highly enjoyable. With realistic situations that children can relate to and lovely, colorful illustrations on each page, children are sure to love this book. Hayley’s Courage is definitely a book I want in my daughter’s growing library, and I think it would be the perfect book to read in elementary classrooms. Linda M. Steiner has created an amazing book, and even though I do not know the real Hayley this book is based on, I have so much respect and admiration for her, and I know she is a very beautiful and special girl whom anyone would be lucky to know.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Hayley's Courage by Linda M. Steiner is the story of Hayley, a young girl who has a birthmark on her face. Her parents teach her that she is special and Hayley is quite a remarkable girl who doesn't let other people's words bring her down. She has a very good way of dealing with other people, and when kids look at her in a strange way, she talks to them and explains her birthmark and that it does not turn her into a bad person. The beauty of her character shines through when a boy in her class develops a bad rash on his face after wearing some make-up for Halloween. While the other kids make fun of him, Hayley is the only one who plays with him, which then also encourages the other kids to rethink their behaviour. While Hayley's Courage is a very lovely story, the reality of kids and also older people who are different often is not as nice as in the story. But I think that stories like Hayley's Courage can go a long way to improve this situation if read by more people. It is the kind of story that does not point the finger at other people's behaviour in a condemning way, but shows how one little girl's different attitude can make all the difference. Hayley shows people how to behave the right way by SHOWING them, not by just talking about it, and this often works a lot better. I found the story very nice and enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a well written book with an excellent message. My nine year old daughter thought so, as well. There is some bullying going on her classroom right now, unfortunately. She told me if everyone in her class read this book, all of the children in her class would appreciate the message it gets across - in fact she thinks everyone could learn from this book. She feels very strongly that it will be a very effective tool for her teacher to use and read to the class. If you're having trouble discussing differences in others or bullying, consider starting the conversation upon reading this book with your child.