Speaking In Front of an Audience / Brave Rooney

Only Rooney is the only student who  has the courage to read his poem in front of class.

Only Rooney is the only student who has the courage to read his poem in front of class.

Brave Rooney, written by Gerry Renert and illustrated by Barry Gott, is a book for children based on a story how a boy without superhuman powers voluntarily performs a task that those with such powers refuse to do.  The book is 50 pages long with easy to read text and colorful, animated drawings.  This online publication was merely written to persuade its readers, children under 6 years of age, they must not fear speaking in front of an audience.

Children are naturally self-conscious when having to get up to speak in front of class. This is just an in-born fear of being made fun of that kids can learn to overcome. Rooney shows his bravery by volunteering, without being told to do so.  The point conveyed in the story is that talking before an audience is never as hard as it seems.  In fact, once you’ve presented your personal story before others, people are more likely to like it rather than criticize it.  In the end, Rooney proved that he had one power that even the Caped Crusaders lack: bravery.

Every day, children do dangerous things just to prove to themselves and to others how brave they really are.  Gott illustrates examples of such perilous stunts undertaken, as shown on page 9, which are: 1) a child that flies up into storm clouds, 2) a girl attempting to stop the driver of a motorboat who just ran over a kid, and 3) a girl who climbed to the top of a nearby tree just to blow out a forest fire.  While these illustrations are unrealistic and grossly exaggerated, they are so to emphasize their meaning of courage.  This raises a question:  If children have the natural tendency to engage in very dangerous activities, why are they too afraid to get up and speak in front of a group?

This story intends to set a fine example for children to follow.  Although Rooney could have attended an ordinary school, he chose to attend the Captain Majestic Memorial School instead.  Not only is Rooney commendable for being brave enough to recite his poem, but has taken the initiative to do so, even though his teachers are absent.  Children must learn the value in what they are required to do and do it willingly, without having to be told.  Doing more that what’s required is a great virtue that children can possess.  If an ordinary human being (whom needs a nurse) can present his poem aloud, why can’t those with superhuman powers do the same thing?

Brave Rooney is a book that can be found in the children section of most any library.  It can also be read online for free by visiting the MagicBlox site where other free books are offered to children of all ages.