The Children's Book of Heroes

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William Bennett and Michael Hague, the team that brought us the national bestseller The Children's Book of Virtues, have once again collaborated to create The Children's Book of Heroes, a beautifully illustrated celebration of heroic deeds, both real and fictional, that will delight and inspire millions of young children and their parents.
"We all need a hero or two to help us stand fast and think right," says William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues, the #1 bestseller ...

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Overview

William Bennett and Michael Hague, the team that brought us the national bestseller The Children's Book of Virtues, have once again collaborated to create The Children's Book of Heroes, a beautifully illustrated celebration of heroic deeds, both real and fictional, that will delight and inspire millions of young children and their parents.
"We all need a hero or two to help us stand fast and think right," says William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues, the #1 bestseller that millions of American families turn to for moral inspiration. With excerpts chosen for young children, this new treasury presents splendid tales of the valor and indomitable spirit that are a lasting testament to our cherished values.
Jackie Robinson stands fast on the playing field — and his strength of character inspires a nation. David slays Goliath — and his faith and bravery give hope to underdogs everywhere. A little boy goes in search of an angel — and finds one who guards him day and night: his own mother. From Abraham Lincoln and Mother Teresa to warriors on the battlefield, real moms and dads, and even young girls and boys, here are worthy and heroic figures all kids can look up to and emulate.
The Children's Book of Heroes is a celebration of the endurance, sacrifice, courage, and compassion that characterize truly heroic deeds.

Presents a collection of poems, traditional tales, and both fictional and true stories about all kinds of heroes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
As Bennett says in his introduction, fortunate is the child who has heroes to look up to and learn from. He also makes it clear that the stars and superstars of today are frequently not heroes or particularly good role models. This collection of poems, stories and retold myths and folktales is a good choice for families either to read aloud or to enjoy alone. Kids will encounter several historical figures such as George Washington, Abe Lincoln and more contemporary ones such as Father Flanagan, Mother Teresa and Jackie Robinson. These people were heroes because the stood for something and they practiced what they believed. They gave back to the world more than they took. As with many of the stories, faith and a belief in God have all been important and have helped these individuals against seemingly impossible odds. Bennett also demonstrates through these selections that many heroes are just ordinary people who have compassion and courage. It is an uplifting book with lovely watercolors by noted artist Michael Hague.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684834450
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 210,040
  • Product dimensions: 12.26 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.

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Chapter 1

Heroes

William Canton

Our favorite heroes live forever in their stories and in our memories, cheering us forward in our own brave fights.

For you who love heroic things

In summer dream or winter tale,

I tell of warriors, siants, and kings,

In scarlet, sackcloth, glittering mail,

And helmets peaked with iron wings.

They beat down Wrong; they strove for Right.

In ringing fields, on grappled ships,

Singing, they flung into the fight.

They fell with triumph on their lips,

And in their eyes a glorious light.

That light still gleams. From far away

Their brave song greets us like a cheer.

We fight the same great fight as they,

Right againgst Wrong; we, now and here;

They, in their fashion, yesterday.

Text copyright © 1997 by William J. Bennett

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

Heroes

Opportunity

About Angels

A Prayer at Valley Forge

Only a Dad

The Sphinx

Jackie Robinson

Sail On! Sail On!

David and Goliath

Our Heroes

Honest Abe

How the Animals Got Sunlight

The Star Jewels

Mother Teresa

The Knights of the Silver Shield

The Minotaur

Helen Keller's Teacher

Father Flanagan

The Hero of Indian Cliff

Tashira's Turn

When Mother Reads Aloud

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