Dare To Dream! 25 Extraordinary Lives

Summary:

This collection of twenty-five short biographies introduces us to heroes in all avenues of achievement: invention, medicine, arts, science, education, sports. Each story is a testament to perseverence and self-determination.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The stories have enough information to potentially inspire a child to research and learn more about a person of interest. Great balance of men and women for all fields of achievement.

Content Awareness Factors:

The mini-biographies were choppy at times. The collection may be too heavy with sports figures (24% are athletes, all but one male), including Michael Jordan, who left school early to go pro.


Parent Reaction

The collection ran the gamut of great achievers. Some I knew about, others were new to me. The stories were too short for my taste, and I was uninspired. Although balanced in numbers, some of the selections puzzle me. For example, why Sammy Sosa and not Roberto Clemente?

Type of Book:
Whatever a child's dream (science, education, sports, invention, performing arts), there is a hero AND heroine who made their dream come true.
Educational Themes:

The biographies celebrate personal triumphs, despite others' judgments and roadblocks. A great book for talking about being true to one's self!

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a carefully crafted, balanced collection of stories. Kids today probably don't learn about many of these heroes unless their personally inspired.

Title Dare to Dream! 25 Extraordinary Lives
Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey
Publisher Prometheus Books © 2005
ISBN 1591022800
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.00
Genres Biography, Short Stories, History
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