Heroes For My Son. Finished 6-19-17, rating 3.5/5, inspiring people, 108 pages, pub. 2010
When Brad Meltzer’s first son was born eight years ago, the bestselling writer and new father started compiling a list of heroes whose virtues and talents he wanted to share with his son: Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Jim Henson, Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali . . . and so many more, each one an ordinary person who was able to achieve the extraordinary. The list grew to include the fifty-two amazing people now gathered in Heroes for My Son, a book that parents and their children—sons and daughters alike—can now enjoy together as they choose heroes of their own.
From the Wright Brothers, who brought extra building materials to every test flight, planning ahead for failure, to Miep Gies, who risked her life to protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II, Heroes for My Son brings well-known figures together with less famous ones, telling the inspiring, behind-the-scenes stories of the moment that made them great. They are a miraculous group with one thing in common: each is an example of the spectacular potential that can be found in all of us.
As a mom to a young child I appreciated the sentiment behind this book. When bestselling author Brad Meltzer and his wife had their first son he felt the need to impart his wisdom to his son through the written word. On the night of his birth he started a list of instructions on how to be a good man. 1. Love God and 2. Be nice to the fat kid in class. Both great pieces of advice but the book didn’t turn out the way he wanted so he wrote this one instead.
In a square hardcover Meltzer devotes two pages to each to the inspirational people that he feels have something important to teach his children. One page is a picture with caption and the other page he writes briefly about why they are included in the book with a quote. The Wright Brothers are here not because they invented an airplane but because every day when they went out to fly they brought extra materials because they knew they would fail. They knew they would fail but every day they tried anyway. That’s the lesson. Thomas Jefferson was included not because he was President but because he wrote the Declaration of Independence but didn’t tell the public. Humility is in short supply these days, especially in our elected officials so this was a nice story.
I liked the mix of famous and not-so-famous people, both men and women, and the new things I learned. This would be a nice book to read with your child or grandchild. This isn’t for boys only and had plenty of women on the list. I made a list of some of the people I’d like to know more about, so this would be a great shared reading experience but will also add to your wish list 🙂