Heroism, Lives to Learn From, Wisdom
Each month on the Core Virtues website, we highlight heroes and heroines that particularly exemplify the virtue studied that month. When children fall in love with human excellence (virtue) rather than human popularity (celebrity), they are on the path to fruitful lives.
This month, as we wrap up the year with “Heroism” and “Lives to Learn From,” look back on any of the “Hero” entries you may have missed. Below are a few more biographies of individuals worth knowing.
The following books are a small sampling of the books recommended in the resource guide.
(grade levels indicated in parentheses)
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. David Adler.
Illustrated by Terry Widener. Sandpiper, 2001. (K-3)
Courage, perseverance, and optimism are all exemplified in the life of this humble, gracious, and legendary first-baseman who lost his life to the rare disease that now bears his name.
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride. Pam Munoz Ryan.
Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 1999. (K-3)
Determination, mettle, and true grit characterize both Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, who were good friends. One night the nation’s First Lady invited the First Lady of the Skies to dinner at the White House. This is the true story of their thrilling after-dinner getaway.
Salt in His Shoes. Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream.
Deloris Jordan. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. (K-3)
The true story of a little boy, who fears he will never be tall enough to play his favorite game (basketball) well. While waiting to grow, his parents advise him to hone his actual skills through patience, hardwork, prayer, and determination. The true grit of the young boy does indeed pay off.
Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express. Margaret K. Wetterer.
First Avenue Editions, 1991. (2-5)
In 1881, Iowa farm girl, Kate Shelley, risked her own life one stormy night to warn of a washed out bridge and prevented a train wreck. She was a fifteen year old real-life heroine.
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! Jean Fritz.
Puffin, 1997. (3-6)
An accurate and delightful chapter book portrayal of the energetic man who became the twenty-sixth American president. Crime fighter, reformer, hunter, and environmentalist, Fritz chronicles TR’s boyish love of life and eagerness to advance the life of his nation.
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? Jean Fritz.
Puffin, 1999. (3-6)
Another clear-eyed and playful biography from Fritz, accurately chronicling the life and times of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton’s work for women’s rights and women’s suffrage put her at the (rather rough) cutting edge of change in the early twentieth century. It will inspire young readers and educate all about women’s changing roles.