From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks,Little Heroes: Courageous People Who Changed the Worldis a young child's first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place. Simple text and adorable illustrations tell the contributions of eight champions of freedom: Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Malala Yousafzai, Harriet Tubman, William Wilberforce, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. A quote from each individual is included on each spread along with colorful, delightful artwork.
About the Author
Heidi Poelman received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). Heidi is the author of the Little Heroes series, A is for Abinadi, A is for Adam, I Can Love Like Jesus, The Two-Minute Secret to Staying in Love, and A Mother’s Greatest Gift. She particularly enjoys writing about inspiring people and ways to strengthen families. She seeks inspiration by seeing new places, playing outdoors, and getting lost in a good book. Heidi and her husband, Scott, live in Utah with their four bright-eyed children. Learn more at www.heidipoelman.com.
Kyle Kershner has loved drawing since he was a tot. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in sequential art. He spends his days doing what he loves most: illustrating children’s books and making kid-friendly art. Kyle resides in Northeast Ohio with his wife and son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“These heroes stood up to make a difference. What kind of hero will you be?” the back jacket states in Heidi Poelman’s children’s book, Courageous People Who Changed the World. ~ What ~ The first in the Little Heroes series, this sixteen-page board book with rounded corners targets children ages three to five years old who are interested in people who made a difference in history. With no scary scenes, the colorful illustrations by Poelman cover all pages. Due to complicated wording, the book would be best read out loud to beginner readers. This short compilation covers important people who caused positive changes in societal norms in our world. Mentioning heroes such as Wiliam Wilberforce, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Junior, and Malala Yousafzai, each open page has their name in bold, a short quote, and a few sentences about what they accomplished in helping mankind deal with equality. ~ Why ~ I love when a children’s book is engaging yet educational, and this one keeps a child’s attention while explaining how a few individuals’ courage and fortitude changed history for the good. I like that the focus of the book deals with us being created equal regarding the color of our skin, slavery, voting, making a stand, and doing what is right. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like books about history and different ethnic groups may not be interested in this book. Others may find the two- and three- syllable words too hard for new readers. ~ Wish ~ I wish more children’s books like this were available for young ones to learn about history and the heroes who have made our world a better place. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a children’s educational series that promotes making a courageous stand while changing the world for the better, this is a wonderful start that encourages readers to want to be heroes too. Thanks to Familius and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This high-quality board book is adorable! I'm a sucker for illustrations, and this one is right up my alley. It spotlights four men and four women who have become historical icons. Because the focus of the book is on fighting for freedom, slavery and civil rights have the majority of emphasis with five out of the eight. Women's suffrage, peaceful protest, and female education are the other topics. William Wilberforce was the only lesser-known figure, and the others are all highly recognizable. I loved that each layout has a blurb about what the young person saw that needed to be changed, and then another short paragraph that tells what the person accomplished in order to make that change. I also appreciated that there is an inspirational quote from each person, and I felt that it brought the heroes to life with their real words. The content is very age-appropriate and while kept to simple terms, can be a starting point for important conversations between parent and child. The dynamic illustrations use pleasing color palettes, eye-catching compositions, and friendly faces for an overall positive vibe. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)