10 Hidden Heroes

Loyola. Mar. 2021. 24p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780829452693.
K-Gr 3–Shriver takes readers on a countdown journey of everyday people performing acts of service in their communities. Starting with ten hidden heroes who nurse others back to health and counting down to one hero, the text celebrates small acts and large ones: “Six Hidden Heroes teaching others to read. Getting books in lots of hands, that is how to lead!” Children may be surprised to learn that the heroes are not only professional caregivers and essential workers but people just like them, or members of their family. This delightful book is a fresh take on an image search book. Its use of short rhyming text allows the illustrations to shine. Each page is jam-packed with colorful scenery and landscapes that replicate high-energy big cities or small towns. Vibrant depictions of inclusive communities filled with people of different races, genders, faiths, and abilities enhance its powerful messaging. Fun back matter allows readers to determine how they will be heroes in their own communities and draw their responses on a dedicated hero award page. Once they have completed that activity, they can verify their hero selections using the answer key and share more via the book’s interactive website.
VERDICT This is a worthy, eye-opening addition to any library or classroom collection and a useful teaching tool.

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