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What Makes a Hero? {A Kids Book Review & Giveaway}

It's that time of year again! Fall is officially in full swing and the holidays are right around the corner. That means that it's time for the second annual Gobbling Up the Giveaways giveaway hop hosted by The Anti-June Cleaver and Our Piece of Earth! We have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a lot of fantastic of prizes to kick off the holiday season. After you have entered my giveaway, be sure to visit the linky below for more great prizes.


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Heroes. What do you think about when you hear this word? Do you think superheroes? A favorite athlete? The military? There are so many different viewpoint on what qualifies as a hero... but what does the dictionary say?

a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Taking a look at that definition, its easy to see why we all have so many different ideas on what a hero is. A hero can be someone who overcame tremendous obstacles to change the world or save a life. A hero can be an athlete who worked hard to be the best in their fields. Or a hero can be something as simple as a parent who encourages their child and believes in their dreams.

No matter what makes a person a hero, that heroism deserves to be celebrated! This is just what the new books from National Geographic Kids- The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines- offer:

The Book of Heroes

Everybody needs a role model! Discover the true stories of superheroes, rebels, world leaders, action heroes, sports legends, and many more daring dudes, all of whom played their part to make their mark, make a contribution, and make the world a better place. 
From Abraham Lincoln to Sitting Bull, Stephen Hawking to Galileo, these cool guys had the boldness, bravery, and brains to meet the challenges of their day. With a fun design, engaging text, and high-quality photographs, this is ultimate hero guide and keepsake for 21st century kids.

The Book of Heroines

Everybody needs a role model! Discover true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday women who changed the world. From Sacagawea to Mother Teresa, Annie Oakley to Malala Yousafzai, these famous women hiked up their pants and petticoats and charged full-speed ahead to prove girls are just as tough as boys...maybe even tougher. Complete with amazing images and a fun design, this is the book that every kid with a goal, hope, or dream will want to own.

With so many ideas of what makes a hero, it seems it would be difficult to encompass them all in one book, and yet these books to so wonderfully.  The Book of Heroines highlights heroes such as Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Misty Copeland, Tina Fey, and Emma Watson. The Book of Heroes highlights heroes like Galileo, Sitting Bull, Michael Jordan, and Stephen Hawking. All of these individuals are vastly different, but through the accomplishments they made in their work and their life they are ALL certainly heroes in their own right. The heroes and heroines featured may not have much in common on the outside, but they tend to share seven heroic qualities-

Heroes are courageous
Heroes do the right thing
Heroes have compassion
Heroes are competent
Heroes are inspiring
Heroes never quit
Heroes leap to action

We loved learning about all of these heroes- all different, all heroic. It served as a great reminder for my children that you don't have to follow in someone's exact footsteps to make a difference. You don't have to be super strong. You don't have to fight wars. You don't have to be a musical genius. You simply have to be yourself and be your own best person, whatever that might mean, and we ALL have the ability to be a true hero.

Both The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines retail for $14.99 each and are great gift books for children ages 8-12.

• The Book of Heroes is available for purchase: http://amzn.to/2beAC6A
• The Book of Heroines is available for purchase: http://amzn.to/2by07NU

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And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy of both. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.


  1. I love that they show heroes of ALL kinds!! They dont define a hero as one occupation or gender! How awesome!

  2. I love National Geographic for my kids and for me too.

  3. This is a nice prize as I have a great niece and a great nephew. Each book could go to one of them and I'm sure I could convince them to let each other read their book :)

  4. Love these, what great books for kids!

  5. These books would make a great gift.

  6. I love these books. I especially like that their is a book of just heroines. We need to show our girls they can be heroes too.

  7. These are great! I'd love a chance to share all of these heros and heroines with my daughter!

  8. I appreciate that they made both heroes and heroines versions!!

  9. National Geographic for Kids has great books for children. These 2 in this giveaway would be enjoyed by my grandkids.

  10. These books sound really interesting!

  11. National Geographic makes great books. My niece will love these. Thanks for the chance.

  12. my nephew would love it!

  13. My children love all the Kids National Geographic Books!

  14. My children would love this prize pack. It is important to show them positive roll models.

  15. What wonderful books! They sound great for my nieces!

  16. National Geographic makes learning so much fun!

  17. My son and daughter would love these books.
    Laurie Emerson


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