book review, Something To Do

How to Be a Hero by Florence Parry Heide and Chuck Groenink

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{Guest post by Hannah Rials}
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Gideon, more than anything in the world, wants to be a hero. He doesn’t care about his nice house with his nice parents and all his toys. All he wants is his picture on the front page of the newspaper, to be a hero like the princes in the storybooks. But what does a little boy have to do to be a hero? Be courageous, intelligent, caring? Or is it just as easy in being in the right place at the right time to help someone out.

Once upon a time, there was a nice boy and his name was Gideon. He lived in a nice house, and he had nice parents and lots of toys. But Gideon wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to be a hero. You know, a hero, with his name on the front page of the newspaper. That sort of thing. So how does anyone get to be a hero, anyway? Heroes have to be strong. Heroes have to be brave. Heroes have to be clever. Don’t they? With wry humor, Florence Parry Heide and Chuck Groenink explore how we choose our idols in a witty story that leaves it to readers to decide the real nature of heroism.-Amazon

Heide and Groenink have created a charming story book about a boy wanting more than he has, like in the stories of old. I thoroughly enjoyed that the book follows Gideon’s stream of thought, thinking things as he would. And when he thinks he’s paying attention, he’s really missing so many opportunities to be an everyday hero. I love this little story of missed opportunities that still lead to a happy ending.

Something To Do
How to be an every day hero?
  • Give someone a compliment
  • If you see bullying, say something. Speak up. Don’t be a bystander.
  • Help a neighbor find a lost dog.
  • Help someone to carry their groceries in.
  • Do the dishes for your mom and dad.
  • And anything else you can think of!

Learning (and remembering) to say “Thank you” to everyday heroes takes some practice. Amy from Teach Mama has a great activity that teaches kids to do just that.

everyday heroes

Creating a Hero’s Journey Activity for Kids

The Hero’s Journey has 3 major sections with steps inside each one.

The Hero's Journey

*The first section is the separation from the hero’s usual life. Within this section is the call or invitation to adventure, the refusal of the invitation, and the meeting with the mentor who will guide them through the journey.

*The second section of the journey is the initiation into the trials, challenges, and difficulties. This part of the journey entails crossing the first threshold, enduring tests by allies and enemies, finding new approaches to solving the trials, and facing a major ordeal.

*The third and final section is the Hero’s Return. The Hero returns to his or her former life a changed person. Steps in the final section are the reward, the road back home, the final test known as the Resurrection and the Return.

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