Dutton Children’s Books, 2005
This book is filled with portraits of some of the greatest fighters for truth and justice throughout the history of the United States. Mr. Shetterly was inspired to create a book about great Americans after the tragic events of 911. He wanted to show Americans who have had great courage, wisdom and compassion for others. He wanted to highlight truth tellers and members of our society that see justice as a goal for all of us.
Self Portrait: Ask students to draw their own self portrait and write a short bio of things they hope to accomplish in their life to make the world a better place to live. Write the bio as if it has already happened.
Honor: Ask students to think of a person outside of school who does kind and compassionate things for others, or animals or the planet. Interview that person, draw their portrait and write a short bio. Create an art display and invite the people who are honored in the art to come and see the picture and words and invite other community members to come and honor these everyday heroes.
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Book review by Kevin McGee