Friday, February 10, 2012

Review and Giveaway: They Stood Alone! 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference

Imagine this: For centuries everyone has believed that the sun and all the planets revolve around the earth. But by studying the old books and observing the heavens, you have concluded that the earth and all the other planets revolve around the sun. Your theory is so radical that you are hesitant to tell others about it. Your name is Nicolaus Copernicus. Although at first your beliefs are denounced and ridiculed, your observations are eventually proved correct. In time, you come to be called the founding father of modern astronomy.

Author Sandra McLeod Humphrey invites you to have the courage to stand alone too, hold on to your dreams, and follow your heart wherever it may lead. Like the twenty-five pioneers who lived before you, you too may someday make a difference!

What an uplifting and inpirational book! It presents 25 role models for kids to look up to and fashion their own endeavors after. I think it's so important for young people to be reminded of the fact that sometimes you have to pave your own way and it's not always easy, but sometimes the greatest results come from sacrificing and hard work. And just because something 'has never been done before' or is 'impossible' according to one person . . . that doesn't mean it has to be true for you.

They Stood Alone highlights 25 figures from history that stood alone and made a difference. I think this book would be perfect for a teacher to have in their classroom, for a young reader to learn from, or for those of us that had a hard time retaining some of the history lessons we learned many (MANY) years ago now :)

The highlighted people are presented in an engaging and interesting way, followed by how their life's journey led to their defining moments. Each story is the perfect length so the reader won't get bogged down, but gets all the important facts. I think it would even whet a young readers appetite to want to read more in-depth accounts about some of these people.

A very needed book. I loved it!

Genre: Middle Grade, Elementary, Non-Fiction, Educational
Source: Thanks so much to the author Sandra McLeod Humphrey for my review copy!

To find out more about this and the MANY other award winning books by this author check out her Website or find Sandra on Twitter and Facebook.

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1 comment:

Wendy Darling said...

Hm, this sounds pretty intriguing. Thanks for the heads up, I hadn't heard of this one before!

Wendy @ at The Midnight Garden