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Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book.
Meltzer features a number of people that he believes is noteworthy and writes a short page on each of them. What is different is that he clearly is writing to his audience - his daughter, Lila. What Abraham Lincoln is best known for might not be what he concentrates his character essay on. He is using each of these people, both past and present, to highlight characteristics he wants his daughter to value. Most of them have a common thread. They saw a need and made a difference by doing something. One person can make a difference. It may not be earth shattering. Meltzer includes his 9th grade English teacher. She's not famous and is relatively unknown. But her influence fostered Meltzer's writing spirit.
Nancy, Susan G. Komen's sister made a promise as Susan lay dying of cancer. She'd help find a cure. Today the Susan G. Komen foundation is the most powerful breast cancer organizations, raising millions of dollars for research and uniting women all across the nation. I should know. I don a pink t-shirt and participate every year with my daughters, my sisters and their daughters, and my one breasted mother.
Each essay is short, sweet, and written in language that a child would understand and an adult will cherish. Short sentences. Clear and concise. Powerful. Wonderful.
3 copies available!
Wow. What great odds!
Word to the wise: Don't tell your daughters to read it. Just leave it out. Personal experience. That's all I'm saying.