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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Little Heroes: Courageous People Who Changed the World by Heidi Poelman, illustrated by Kyle Kershner


Heidi Reads... Little Heroes: Courageous People Who Changed the World by Heidi Poelman, illustrated by Kyle Kershner

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing

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Synopsis

From the intrepid efforts of Susan B. Anthony to the quiet courage of Rosa Parks, Little Heroes: Courageous People Who Changed the World is a young child's first introduction to the brave people who fought to make the world a better place. Simple text and adorable illustrations tell the contributions of eight champions of freedom: Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Malala Yousafzai, Harriet Tubman, William Wilberforce, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. A quote from each individual is included on each spread along with colorful, delightful artwork.

My Review

This high-quality board book is adorable! I'm a sucker for illustrations, and this one is right up my alley. It spotlights four men and four women who have become historical icons. Because the focus of the book is on fighting for freedom, slavery and civil rights have the majority of emphasis with five out of the eight. Women's suffrage, peaceful protest, and female education are the other topics. William Wilberforce was the only lesser-known figure, and the others are all highly recognizable. I loved that each layout has a blurb about what the young person saw that needed to be changed, and then another short paragraph that tells what the person accomplished in order to make that change. I also appreciated that there is an inspirational quote from each person, and I felt that it brought the heroes to life with their real words. The content is very age-appropriate and while kept to simple terms, can be a starting point for important conversations between parent and child. The dynamic illustrations use pleasing color palettes, eye-catching compositions, and friendly faces for an overall positive vibe.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)