Tales of Famous Heroes
by Roop, Peter; Roop, Connie; Zomchek, Rebecca (ILT)

An engagingly illustrated series of capsule biographies introduces a diverse range of admirable men and women, in a fact-filled volume that includes coverage of such historic individuals as Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong and Jane Goodall.

Peter Roop, in collaboration with his wife Connie, has written many nonfiction books for children, including TALES OF FAMOUS AMERICANS and TALES OF FAMOUS HEROES. The Roops live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Peter Roop, in collaboration with his wife Connie, has written many nonfiction books for children including Tales of Famous Americans and Tales of Famous Heroes. The Roops live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Rebecca Zomchek, anaward winning illustrator, graduated with a BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude with Honors, from Syracuse University. Rebecca lives in New York City, but you can visit her at www.rzillustration.com.

From Sacagawea and Frederick Douglass to Florence Nightingale, Billie Jean King, and Nelson Mandela, the 18 heroes profiled in this lavishly illustrated collective biography represent politics, sports, science, and public service. The section about Paul Revere is paired with the lesser-known story of Sybil Ludington, who also made a dangerous ride to warn of the British attack. Otherwise, though, the subjects are famous, and most are Americans. Arranged in chronological order, the six-page profiles include one group, the Tuskegee Airmen. All the portraits are glowing, with no hint of fault or failure, and the use of first names may seem condescending to readers, although the conversational style does make the heroes accessible. Each section begins with an unframed, double-page, digital image that sets a full-color portrait against a black-and-white picture from the individual's time. Also included are additional illustrations and maps, as well as quotes, which are documented in tiny print. The climax is the smiling portrait of President Barack Obama set against a photo of huge crowds on the Washington Mall, celebrating his victory. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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