Pepito the Brave by Scott Beck
Name: Sonu Kumar (14 years)
School: Golden Heights School, Gurgaon, Haryana
Ah, the time in life when one has to leave home. Some people find it easier than others, but no one seems to have as hard a time with it as Pepito. Pepito is a little bird who needs to leave the nest, but the problem is, he’s afraid of heights. This makes flying away a bit of a problem. So like most of the people he avoids it. When he finds himself in a new situation, someone happens by to give him some advice. A fox suggest him to run to wherever he’s going, a frog tells him to hop, a gopher to borrow. After his various attempts not to fly, he makes to his brothers and sisters new tree, and realize that what he has done is much harder than actually trying to fly. It is a charming story with a good message- often facing up to our fears is much easier than running from them.
Beck’s illustration are simple and fun. Pepito is a red, little thing, and despite his apparent simplicity. Beck is an able to convey a wide range of emotions on Pepito’s face. We see fear, determination, and the desire to succeed despite hi fears.