What are the most important traits that anyone you consider a hero/heroine should possess? Is it courage, compassion, doing the right thing, being competent, leaping to action? I was selected to write a review for National Geographic Kids The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines. Tales of history’s most daring dudes and gusty gals!
When my hardcover books arrived I quickly flipped through them and was immediately drawn in by the photos and vibrant colors. I was anxious to sit and take a closer look. I am familiar with a variety of other Nat Geo Kids Books, like National Geographic Kids Almanac, and am always inspired by the beautiful photography, the rich informative content, the colorful graphics and their mission to inspire kids to learn about the planet and empower them to make it better.
While my kids were too young to get much out of the books, Lukas (3) did enjoy looking at the pictures and he would ask who the people were. I would give him a basic explanation which satisfied him…anything too in depth and I lost him 😉 I would say these books are best suited for ages 7 and up. I really appreciated the wide range of “heroes and heroines” that were highlighted in the books. In The Book of Heroines you will see everyone from Mother Teresa, Cleopatra and Amelia Earhart to Tina Fey and Emma Watson. The Book of Heroes highlights heroes like Galileo, Sitting Bull, Michael Jordan, and Stephen Hawking. The content is well written and to the point and you feel educated but not overstimulated after reading it. My only negative feedback is that I didn’t always agree with some of the people used in the books (especially the modern heroes/heroines) and I thought maybe, for example, Mother Teresa deserved a little more of a write up than Tina Fey or Laika The Space Dog (who got an entire spread.) I just felt the balance of who was highlighted could have been a little better in some places.
Overall, I loved the idea of highlighting “a little bit of everything.” There was a mix of leading ladies and gents in the White House, legendary ladies and lads such as Robin Hood and Athena, sports heroes, inspiring minds, peace heroes and heroines like Martin Luther Kind, Jr. and Harriet Tubman and even outstanding animals. I think every kid can find someone of interest in these books and it gives just enough information to inspire and educate and you might find them doing further research on their own 🙂
With that said, I am thrilled to add The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines to our library! Great quality and content and with Christmas coming up I would say an excellent gift for the kids on your list!
Now for the fun part!! One lucky reader will receive a free copy of The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines. To enter you must 1) start following my blog and 2) in the comments section answer this question: If you could have dinner with 1 hero/heroine, living or dead, who would it be and why? Good Luck! All entries must be received by December 1, 2016.
*Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.