from The Journal of the National Education Association, Vol. 30, November
30, 1941, p. 254
The Latest Newbery Medal book is Call It Courage, written and illustrated
by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan, 1940, $1.75). The medal is awarded each year for
the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Call
it Courage is a story based on a legend of the South Seas. Mafatu, the son of
a chief, is afraid of the sea, which tok his mother when he was three. His father
and playmates think him a coward. to conquer his fear, he leaves home in his canoe
with his dog. On a strange island, he faces loneliness, danger, and death courageously.
Sperry was born in Connecticut and has lived int eh South Sea Islands. He illustrated
many books before he became an author-artist. his pictures in Call It Courage
are beautiful line-drawings done in blue.