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The Barefoot Book of Heroic Children
Heroic Children brings together the stories of some of the most exceptional young people in the history of the world. Many of these children impressed successive generations with their inventiveness, their vision and their perseverance. Others combined qualities such as kindness and generosity with immense personal courage. Heroic Children tells stories of children who ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Barefoot Books
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Rebecca Hazell's book Heroic Children does a phenomenal job introducing famous historical figures to young children. Her introduction explains why she wrote the book and how it's laid out, with a focus on creating "a better sense of what each child's world was like and what challenges it presented" (5). What I appreciated most was that she covers a broad range of figures (both male and female) across the world rather than focusing on the typical European characters. However, I wouldn't ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection of stories about children who did heroic deeds or lived heroic lives, although a few of them I would not consider to be heroic. Fanny Mendelssohn, for example, certainly lead an interesting life, and tried to be herself in an age when women were subservient to men, but I wouldn't consider her heroic. I liked the way the author told the stories of these children as if you, the reader, are there to meet them, and then followed up with what happened to them after they had ...more
I have loved reading, writing and making art from age two, my first canvases for both being the hall walls. I've been writing for decades, both nonfiction and fiction. My nonfiction included educational materials for public schools, coloring books, and most recently collections of biographies of heroic people, but I have recently made the transition to writing historical fiction. I love bringing ...moreMore about Rebecca Hazell...