Tales Of Famous Heroes

Tales Of Famous Heroes

by Peter & Connie Roop, Rebecca Zomchek
     
 


Delightfully illustrated collection that chronologically highlights twenty five famous and diverse heroes and heroines from our history and today.

TALES OF FAMOUS HEROES is a perfect introduction to the lives and accomplishments of some of the most fascinating and admirable men and women from our history and today including: Rosa Parks, Barack Obama,

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Delightfully illustrated collection that chronologically highlights twenty five famous and diverse heroes and heroines from our history and today.

TALES OF FAMOUS HEROES is a perfect introduction to the lives and accomplishments of some of the most fascinating and admirable men and women from our history and today including: Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Sacagawea, Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Neil Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Florence Nightingale, and more. With lively art and photos and lots of fun facts, this book is sure to insipre the next generation of famous heroes!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This is a book with a lot of cover appeal. Full-color pictures of famous subjects on the cover, as well as a broad band of red with gold lettering, will make it stand out among less lively biographies. Beyond the art work, the text is breezily written and the subjects are inclusive of gender, race, and nationality. However, if you are looking for a unifying topic for the "hero" subjects, it may elude you as it does me. There is not mission statement to this collective biography, other than that the subjects changed the world. The featured biographies come from a wide spectrum of professional endeavor, everyone from Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi to Billie Jean King and Muhammed Ali. There is also a collective biography within the collection, as the Tuskegee Airmen (five of them) are treated as one biographical entity. So, what do Sacagawea, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, and Sonia Sotomayor have in common other than the fact that they are all minority women? There is simply no through-line to this book. The other flaw is that, while the book is well-indexed, there are no bibliographic references or Internet referrals for further study. This is something we have come to expect in useful nonfiction. This is a fine browsing item with lots of intriguing trivia about many of the subjects, but it will be hard to use as a go-to source for reports unless the adult recommending it has a photographic memory of the contents. It is a shame because the tone of the book has definite kid appeal. Slightly better organization and more follow-through would have made the book a great introductory tool to some very important world figures. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 3�6—The lives of inspirational figures are presented in such an engaging manner that readers will not be able to stop after reading just one. The 17 profiles highlight important events from the individual's childhood, demonstrating how each was set on course for greatness. Current famous people, such as Sonia Sotomayor, Barack Obama, and Nelson Mandela, are included, as well as historical figures like Winston Churchill and Sojourner Truth. Sacagawea was the only one who could speak Shoshone, which was needed to trade for horses for the Lewis and Clark expedition; Florence Nightingale wanted to make use of her education and skill for caring for the sick; a stolen bicycle led Cassius Clay to learn to box so he could take care of the thief; and Jane Goodall learned patience as a child by watching a hen lay an egg. Sybil Ludington is paired with her male counterpart and is called the "female Paul Revere." Readers learn that one person's work affected another's. Mohandas Gandhi is named as influencing Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., who then influenced Rosa Parks. The book is illustrated with caricature-type portraits superimposed on archival photographs. Each biography is made up of easy-to-read paragraphs designed for beginners or less capable older readers. An engaging collective biography that should encourage children to read more about these heroes.—Nancy Baumann, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545237505
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Peter Roop, in collaboration with his wife Connie, has written many nonfiction books for children, including TALES OF FAMOUS AMERICANS and TALES OF FAMOUS HEROES. The Roops live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Peter Roop, in collaboration with his wife Connie, has written many nonfiction books for children including Tales of Famous Americans and Tales of Famous Heroes. The Roops live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Rebecca Zomchek, anaward winning illustrator, graduated with a BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude with Honors, from Syracuse University. Rebecca lives in New York City, but you can visit her at www.rzillustration.com.

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