Our Heroes: How Kids Are Making a Difference Synopsis: Biographies of ten children from around the world who opened up their hearts and minds to the injustices of the world and took action, changing their world for the better. In addition to the ten main profiles, sidebars feature many more children. Included is eleven-year-old Andrew Adansi-Bonnah from Ghana, who raised thousands of dollars for refugee children in Somalia after seeing their desperate situation covered in the news. Another child profiled is twelve-year-old Mimi Ausland from the United States, nicknamed “Dr. Doolittle” by her family. After learning about the shortage of food for shelter animals, she started a website to collect donations of dog and cat food; her site is now one of the most visited animal-rescue websites in the world. These children never set out to be heroes or to become famous, but they are role-models for us all.
Our Heroes: How Kids Are Making a Difference Review
If you want a good children’s book that is guaranteed to impact the reader in a “There are good people in this world” way or to teach kids a lesson in a subtle yet simple way, you can count on Second Story Press to deliver. I’ve previously read and reviewed Because I Am A Girl, Reptile Flu, Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red, and Never Give Up that were all put out by Second Story Press and I’ve not found a single one that I did not think highly of. They have a wonderful collection of writers, illustrators, and editors working with them, and Our Heroes: How Kids are Making a Difference is no different.
These biographies are short, simple, and touching, and there are gorgeous illustrations and personal quotes, as well as facts pertaining to each subject the kid made a difference in to accompany each one. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah’s story brought tears to my eyes, and because I was reading the book with my child, it led to a discussion about world hunger, starvation, and how we can help. Anything that provokes a discussion with my child wherein I can teach her something is a wonderful thing. If I learn something at the same time – all the better.
Apart from the individual biographies/spotlights on kids, the last few pages (Kids Take Action, Kids Create, and What YOUth can do) give even more brief examples of how kids can make/have made a difference and encourage other youth to reach out themselves.
Overall, Our Heroes is a heart-warming reminder of the generosity of spirit and kindness of the hearts of kids, and that we have to protect and encourage them so that they can transition into being wonderful adults, too. Faith in humanity restored once again.
Title: Our Heroes: How Kids Are Making a Difference
Author: Janet Wilson (site)
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub. Date: September 15th, 2014
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Received a free copy from Netgalley for review consideration.
This review originally appeared on Sci-Fi & Scary. All non-fiction and educational kids book reviews are being ported over to this site.