Francie Puts On Her Courage by Betsy Woytovich
Francie is your everyday 6th grader who loves basketball and excels in art when suddenly her hair starts to fall out. As she deals with her diagnosis of Alopecia and the stigma of being different in middle school, Francie’s journey becomes difficult at times. But with help from her best friend Livy, her parents and sister, Francie finds support, discovers an unrevealed talent, and eventually feels strong enough to put on her courage!
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This book is very well written, you’ll want to read it twice. Betsy does an amazing job of making you feel exactly what Francie experienced. My favorite part was when Francie whipped off her cap and threw it – I almost stood up and cheered !! Excellent book – I vote Francie for President 2020
What an uplifting and informative look at Alopecia! Betsy has experience in guiding one of her children through life while dealing with total baldness. She aims it for middle schoolers with the hope it would bring some empathy and understanding of what some children deal with every day. I think adults would enjoy it as well. I could not help but think of cancer patients who lose hair from chemo. This might bring a new perspective to their lives. This book is a real inside look into a mom and dad trying to make their child’s life a happy one. Kudos to Betsy!
I loved it! The book takes you on the journey of Francie and her self acceptance. Every child goes through episodes of insecurity, bullying, fear; everybody yearns to belong. It is when we find what we are good at and accept how we are different that we truly shine and become less worried about the opinions of others. Betsy takes you through this journey and reaches the audience of middle schoolers who often need this boost of courage in the path to self-love. The perfect book for every middle school classroom!
Betsy shares a story about a family and their child who is living with hair loss from alopecia areata. The realities they face are so true to life. This book is a great way to share with a broad range of age groups to help them understand what alopecia is, but also how living with a visible difference can be a gateway to discovering so many bigger things about ourselves. I look forward to hopefully reading more Francie adventures in the future.
David A. Jones
This book was written amazingly. While middle school students read this they will be enjoying Francie’s story while learning about gaining courage with something they feel uneasy about. As a parent made I see life as an 11-year-old. GREAT JOB Betsy Woytovich
I couldn’t put this book down. I empathized with parents guiding a pre-teen through difficult times but through Betsy Wytovich’s writing, I was also transported back to my own childhood. This book will be invaluable to kids with alopecia but it is just as relevant to anyone going through something that requires a bit of extra courage. Highly recommend.
Great book for kids and even adults to learn to embrace others who may seem different! Francie is challenged with Alopecia at a young age and learns to not only accept it but become confident because of it. The author takes us through Francie’s story of diagnosis, dealing with bullying and stares, and finally the courage to welcome her new beautiful appearance. Definitely a must-read and should be in all school libraries!
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This is a very accurate story about a family dealing with Alopecia, you could replace the Alopecia with other ailments and still a great book with great messages that won’t be forgotten.