Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives

Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives

by Sandra Mcleod Humphrey
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Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra Mcleod Humphrey

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591022800
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Pages: 121
Sales rank: 453,698
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sandra McLeod Humphrey (1936-2012) a former clinical psychologist, was a writer and a consultant for the Heroes & Dreams Foundation, which provides character education materials to grades K–8 throughout North America. She was the author of three highly praised books called Hot Issues, Cool Choices; If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? and Dare to Dream! as well as many other books focused on moral education for children.

What People are Saying About This

Dr. Philip Bigler

Dare to Dream! is the type of book all young people should read.
— 1998 National Teacher of the Year

Daniel R. Hart

Dare to Dream! will encourage our children to set goals and then, in spite of obstacles, to work hard and persevere to achieve those goals.
— Retired Hennepin County District Court Judge

Dr. Terry Hitchcock

... Dare to Dream! gives our young people real heroes they can respect and emulate
— Executive Director, The Heroes & Dreams Foundation

Benjamin S. Carson

Dare to Dream! is the kind of book for young people that I 'dare to dream' about...and I hope it will become a staple in middle schools throughout the country.
— Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Donald Draayer

... The author succeeds marvelously through story form in helping to make hope become a reality in the lives of our youth today.
— 1990 National Superintendent of the Year

Gene Bedley

Dare to Dream! presents 25 ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. While many celebrities are only interested in fame and image, the people in this book were focused on character and service. The role models in Dare to Dream! provide a 'north star' that brings meaning and purpose to young people everywhere. Readers will be challenged to avoid the chameleon mentality of living only for themselves as they read about people who truly lived their lives for others.
— PTA National Educator of the Year

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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