“How To Be A Hero”

Gideon is a nice boy who lived in a nice house,  had nice parents and has lots of toys, but still he wasn’t satisfied.  He wanted to be a hero.  The kind of hero who would have a story about himself on the front page of the newspaper.

He thinks about what it would take to be a hero.  He decides you would have to be strong, brave and clever.  He thinks about heroes that he has read about.  There is the hero who helps what’s her name–you know  the one with the long hair.  Oh, yes–Rapunella.  Then there is the hero who kisses the girl who ate a poisoned apple.  He 9781452127101_p0_v2_s118x184.jpgwasn’t sure that the kissing part was something he could do.

He finally decides that in order to be a hero he would have to be in the right place at the right time.  He will pay attention to his surroundings and will not let any opportunity to be a hero slip passed him.  And, of course, that is exactly what happens.

Written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Chuck Groenink, Gideon’s story is one of missed opportunities.  In the end, however, Gideon does get his wish but in a very unusual way.

The warm, rich hues of the illustrations bring the reader from fairy tale settings to an urban street.  The text is filled with humor.  Gideon’s explanations of heroes in fairy tales is told in long run-on sentences which mimic how a child would relate these stories.

A fun story that young readers will enjoy perhaps even coming to the conclusion that heroes are just everyday people.


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