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.
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.
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.
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?
Whatever a child's dream (science, education, sports, invention, performing arts), there is a hero AND heroine who made their dream come true.
The biographies celebrate personal triumphs, despite others' judgments and roadblocks. A great book for talking about being true to one's self!
11 and Up
8 to 12
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.