HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: 50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!
Author: Christy Monson
Publisher: Bushel and Peck Books, 2019
Related website(s): http://www.bushelandpeckbooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7 – 10
Rating: *****5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Monson, Christy. 50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More! (Published in 2019 by Bushel and Peck Books, 30 Amberwood Pkwy., Ashland, OH 44805). Children, especially boys, need heroes to inspire them. Unfortunately, many (though not all) present-day individuals to whom kids might look for heroes, such as sports figures, movie stars, and musicians, may often leave something to be desired. 50 Real Heroes for Boys is designed to show young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being themselves- -but their best selves. Some of the heroes mentioned are men, like Jackie Robinson who used courage to break barriers in sports, and women like Marie Curie who helped to discover radioactivity; well known folks, such as Eleanor Roosevelt who was the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and not so well known figures, such as Caesar Rodney who voted for the Declaration of Independence; and historical people including Ludwig van Beethoven who composed some of the world’s greatest music while deaf, and modern personalities including Dav Pilkey who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the world’s most successful children’s book authors.
Both American and international persons are found. Even William Tyndale, who was put to death for translating the Bible into English, and William Wilberforce, who helped to rid the civilized world from the evils of slavery, are here. Each character is identified by the “special powers”–courage, creativity, curiosity, humor, forgiveness, integrity, justice, and more—which he or she used to make the world a better place. These true stories written by marriage and family therapist Christy Monson are accompanied by bright, colorful, full-page portraits from over a dozen international artists. The dozens of stories about women make the book suitable for girls as well as the whole family, but the emphasis is upon reminding boys everywhere what true masculinity is all about, because boys can have women heroes, too. Everyone can learn something from this book. Homeschool families can use each hero as a weekly project for the kids to research and learn more about these heroes.