Beaver Creek Elementary School
Dear Gail Carson Levine,
I sometimes wonder how people get over their fears. The Two Princesses of Bamarre helped me see how that worked. The journey I took was not journeying from depths of sadness, but rather facing a common challenge - facing my fears.
Addie was afraid of a million things. I am afraid of dark shadows in dark rooms inside dark houses, some bugs that don't look all that friendly, and not being thought of as a good person. Even so, Addie took up some courage and faced some of the biggest fears she had, like a giant dragon, so I tried to muster up some courage and kill a pesky large black ant bugging me in my basement. I also tried shutting myself in my closet in the middle of the night. Facing those fears made me feel invincible.
I also found that same element of courage in Meryl. She was already brave, so I tried to be like her. Meryl fell ill at about the same time as I did. She tried getting up and walking around, so I did. My head felt pressured and my stomach felt woozy. I felt just like Meryl, not wanting to be in bed, so fighting the sickness.
Either way, courage filled me up as I faced my fears and became well again. The story wasn't just some random person who becomes a hero. Addie was a realistic person who I felt like could be me. So, I have finally figured out how to face my fears, even the simplest ones. This book has written a clear path for me to follow. All I have to do is gather up some courage, be brave, and go for it!