Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives

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Magical heroes like Harry Potter, Spiderman, or Catwoman provide plenty of entertainment for kids, but in real life heroes are made of sterner stuff than celluloid fantasies. In this inspiring collection of biographies—covering historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Helen Keller as well as contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison and Michael Jordan—critically acclaimed writer and psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey teaches young people that heroes were once ordinary people whose strength of character ...
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Magical heroes like Harry Potter, Spiderman, or Catwoman provide plenty of entertainment for kids, but in real life heroes are made of sterner stuff than celluloid fantasies. In this inspiring collection of biographies—covering historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Helen Keller as well as contemporary figures such as Toni Morrison and Michael Jordan—critically acclaimed writer and psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey teaches young people that heroes were once ordinary people whose strength of character helped them to achieve extraordinary things. Starting with only their dreams, they worked hard and overcame obstacles to make their dreams come true. Some overcame physical handicaps, others psychological barriers like extreme shyness or feelings of inferiority; some faced racial discrimination or educational disadvantage, others financial burdens. In spite of these frustrations and discouragements, all of these people discovered in themselves the patience, perseverance, and determination to pursue their dreams beyond every obstacle.

The message is clear: No matter who you are or where you come from, you too can accomplish extraordinary things, as long as you dare to dream and never, never, never give up!

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Gr 5-7-A collection of biographical sketches of famous 20th-century individuals, from Albert Einstein to Sammy Sosa. Although the group is eclectic, the individuals all have one thing in common: they became successful in the face of adversity and therefore are great candidates to become heroes for today's youth. In approximately four pages, Humphrey discusses each subject's childhood, education, and family life. Then the individual's adult life is discussed, as well as how that person's success may be attributed to hard work and courage. Each sketch ends with a quote from the subject. This book is good for reluctant readers as each biography can be read independently. However, information is brief, and major sections of each individual's life are omitted; e.g., Abraham Lincoln's entry jumps from his being elected to Congress to becoming President of the United States. Whether this title can inspire children to be courageous is uncertain, but it can introduce them to some very interesting people.-Lori Matthews, Loyola School, New York City Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591022800
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 121
  • Sales rank: 185,011
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey (Minnetonka, MN), a retired clinical psychologist, is a writer and consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation, which provides character education materials to grades K-8 throughout North America. She is the author of the highly praised If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do?, Dare to Dream!, and many other books focused on moral education for children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Dare to Dream is a MUST READ for kids

    Our whole family LOVES this book. We are reading one story every night before going to bed and I am being inspired by these stories just as much as the kids are. These true life stories about true life heroes mean so much more to the kids because they realize it's not pretend and these people really lived and really accomplished their goals despite great obstacles. With all the media hype of often less than honorable superstars, fame and fortune, it is so great to see a book that enourages real heroism, humility, bravery and true character. I hope everyone buys this book so that they too will be inspired. Kids need to hear more about real heroes like this because the world does not teach enough about them. AWESOME book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    'Dare to Dream' offers Hope to Today's Youth!

    I feel that Sandra Humphrey's DARE TO DREAM is one of the best new children's books on today's market! It is definitely the book to buy for children that need a boost to their own self-esteem by recognizing that ordinary people that follow their dreams and never give up CAN become extraordinary individuals! Ms. Humphrey's well-researched biographies of these 25 heroes and heroines, past and present, makes me realize just how much their constant setbacks actually helped create the core of their characters and personalities, and firmly resolved their drive to succeed when it would have been much easier to just give up on their dreams. It renewed my own strength of purpose as an adult to follow my own dreams, especially when my spirit started to sag with what I considered overwhelming defeat. I would highly recommend DARE TO DREAM for our troubled young people that so desperately need role models to look up to -- real people that really DID what they set their minds to do. They will learn through the lives highlighted that it is okay to be different; that no matter HOW others perceive you, it is okay to believe in yourself; you should follow your heart to attain your goals; and, no matter the obstacle... NEVER EVER give up your dreams! This book WILL DEFINITELY turn some lives around, young and old, when the reader realizes there IS hope for their dreams to be followed after all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Real Life Heroes As A Lodestar

    Don't you love a writer who taps into something good and shares it with you? Sandra McLeod Humphrey does that in Dare To Dream! 25 extraordinary lives (Prometheus Books, 2005, ISBN 1-59102-280-0). The author's intent was to restore dreams and heroes to young readers, by telling the stories of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. She's succeeded so well, that the young people might have to wrest the book out of their parents' hands if they want to read it. I picked it up to browse just one short example, and 56 pages later, I would have fought off anyone who tried to wrest it from me! It's compelling reading and a inspired gift for all of the young people in your life. By the way, this author is a hero in her own skin. Look her up! Audrey B. Baird, Editor/ Publisher Once Upon A Time

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