Tommy by Victor Castelo

Tommy coverTommy, the Courageous Bird by Victor Castelo is a very cute book that teaches a valuable lesson to children and even to adults. It is about the definition of courage and the truth about fear. Tommy is a little blue bird who is wonderfully portrayed by illustrator Deborah Cuneo. The colorful drawings are sure to be a big hit with children and add great professionalism to this work. I love the way this tale is presented in a hard-cover binding and with crisp font and clean printing.

The story is of a little bird who is afraid to fly. His parents push him out of the nest, but his trepidation  makes him fly close to the ground. As a result of his terror, he cannot visit his mother and father who live on a high tree branch and they are forced to visit him below. One day his Grandfather bird comes. As an ex-military bird, he teaches Tommy the truth about courage and how brave people deal with anxiety. His encouragement gives Tommy the push he needs to solve his problem and overcome his misgivings about flying.

This is a wonderful lesson for children who tend to be afraid of many things, especially new experiences. I know that children everywhere will benefit from the lesson this book teaches. It doesn’t belittle the fear. It teaches children to recognize the fright, accept it, and know that courage is having the fear  but pushing past it. Courage, in other words, is not freedom from fear but overcoming anxiety. It is something both children and adults need to remember when faced with fear. I love the way this book then goes on to show that Tommy doesn’t just learn to fly high, he learns to love to fly high. As it is so often, we come to love the very thing that initially terrorized us. Bravo to the author and the illustrator! I plan to give this book to my grandchildren. You can purchase this book at:


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