ABC Journal - Call it Courage

Call it Courage – Armstrong Sperry

A
Albatross
The boy was aware of a sudden whir and fury in the sky above, a beat of mighty wings. Startled, he glanced upward. There was Kivi, his albatross. Page: 13

B
Boy Who Was Afraid
It is the story of Mafatu, the Boy Who Was Afraid. Page: 1

C
Caustic
He winced at the caustic stung; but when he had bound on the leafy bandage with a twist of vine, it seemed that already his leg felt better. Page: 32 

D
Dawn
Dawn found the woman still clinging to the purau pole and the little boy with his arms locked about his mother’s neck.  Page: 3 

E
Even
Even now, twelve years later, Mafatu could remember that terrible morning. Page: 2 

F
Forward
The woman sprang forward to seize her child as the canoe capsized. Page: 3

G
Great Chief
And the boy Mafatu-son of Tavana Nui, the Great Chief of Hikueru-always had been afraid. Page: 1

H
Hikueru
But even today the people of Hikueru sing this story in their chants and tell it over the evening fires. Page: 1

I
Island
They were the ocean currents that had carried the Polynesian navigators from island to island in the childhood of the world. Page: 14

J
Just
Then the wind freshened. Just a puff, but enough. Page: 84

K
Kivi
Kivi sailed far overhead on widespread wings. Page: 67

L
Lagoon
Another shove and the craft slid into the lagoon. Page: 66

M
Maintain
He knew that if he was to maintain strength to accomplish all that lay ahead he must have fish to add to his diet of fruit. Page: 57

N
Nostrils
Wind drove the air from his nostrils. Page: 40

O
Offing
To the watching boy, with land in the offing, they seemed closer and more friendly. Page: 25

P
Pleasant
A murmur of water reached his ears, soft as a chuckle of pleasant laughter. Page: 27

Q
Quivering
Uri had caught the scent of the land now and was quivering with delight. Page: 25

R
Reflection
It is the reflection of the lagoon upon the lower sky. Page: 90

S
Savagely
Like advance scouts of an oncoming army, wind gusts moved down upon the canoe, struck at it savagely. Page: 17

T
Transformed
The Great Chief’s face was transformed with joy. Page 91

U
Unmindful
Then, unmindful of burdened fingers, he fell upon the hot food. Page: 49

V
Violence
So the people drive him forth. Not by violence, but by indifference. Page: 1

W
Worshipped
They worshipped courage, those early Polynesians. Page: 1

X
Galaxies
Far below in the dark waters, illuminated fishes moved and their being: meteors, galaxies, constellations under the sea. Page: 74

Y
Yellow dog
The yellow dog lay curled up in the shadow of the bow, opening one eye from time to time to look at his master. Page: 15

Z
Dozen
Next, he laid half a dozen fei - wild bananas - in the coals, covering them with wet leaves so that slowly they would steam through. Page: 47

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