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Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes Hardcover – March 17, 2005

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Grade 3-7–In this attractively illustrated collection, Lewis spotlights many famous individuals–Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Gandhi, but he also lauds those who are less well known, such as Roberto Clemente, who "saved his greatest heroics to/Rescue earthquake victims of Nicaragua" and Sister Jeannette Normandin, who founded an assisted-living center for women with AIDS. Included also are nameless others–"Rosie the Riveter" ("High I beams/And welders' seams/Making History with a Her"); a firefighter at the World Trade Center ("…on that day/Badge 5-6-9/Did all he could/To redefine/Uncommon good"); and immigrants ("To transform this new nation,/They opened up closed doors/And bravely rolled/New into old/To cultivate these shores"). A final poem encourages readers to become heroes who "set aside their fear/To lend a hand or lend an ear,….No matter what or where or who,/When something must be done,/They do." Notes following each poem give a brief explanation about the significance of the subject. Cooke's illustrations, created with oil on illustration board, present compelling portraits and help to create a book that is both inviting and educational. This is an important title that will inspire young people and perhaps encourage them to look more deeply into the lives of others as well as their own.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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Gr. 4-7. Both the famous and the unknown are celebrated in the 21 rhyming poems in this collection, which is illustrated with full-page, smiling oil portraits. Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Rosa Parks are here, and so is the Pakistani child laborer and martyr, Iqbal Masih. The book also pays tribute to ordinary subjects such as "The Elementary School Teacher," "The Firefighter," and even to a wonder dog in Alaska. There's also an outrageous Lady Godiva, nude on horseback (private parts covered). The verse is undistinguished, and the rhyme is sometimes forced. This is an entertaining collection, however, and a brief biographical note about each subject included with each supplies a few additional, interesting details. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (March 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729254
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully illustrated poems about the real heroes and she-roes you meet in life; past, present and inspiring for the future. The poems are lighthearted and the illustrations have an everyday twist. A good way to inspire children to emulate qualities heroes and she-roes possess.
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I was delighted to come across Heroes and She-roes. This book cleverly introduces children to many of the most inspiring characters from history and today using poetry to tell their stories. Greats like Joan of Arc, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks are covered along with heroes and she-roes children will recognize from today such as firemen and teachers. The beautiful illustrations throughout make these figures come alive, and the poetry format is an excellent tool for helping kids learn and remember the significance of the characters. This book would be a great addition to any home or classroom.
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