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My Hero was written by military kids across the country and edited by Allen Appel. The book takes a look at how the kids look at their mothers and fathers who have fought and in some cases died for our country.
| My Hero- Review
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 16, 2008, 21:52 PST
What makes a hero? To hundreds of thousands of children, it is a simple question. These are children who have watched as their mothers and fathers have left to go to war. These kids see their parents through clear eyes for the heroes they are. As Jessenia says in the new book, My Hero,
“He puts his life on the line like Superman. He saves people from hunger and from getting killed by bombs or something else dangerous. He also protects our family not just the people in Iraq. I think that every mom and dad is a hero because they protect their families.”
Having grown up in a military family, I know what it means to move every couple of years. My own father was a doctor in the Vietnam War. As the only head and neck surgeon in Southeast Asia for a while, he put a lot of soldiers back together. He was my hero. So was my mother, a military wife, who could set up a house so quick after a move that she freaked out the movers every time.
According to Valacia Titus, age 13,
“The definition of a hero is a man/woman of distinguished courage and ability who is admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” That is how she sees her dad, although she would change the definition of a hero to, “…a man/woman who cares for people, who doesn’t worry about getting recognition for what they do. Someone who just does it because it’s the right thing to do.” That would be her definition, and her “dad is the inspiration of that new definition."
My Hero is a wonderful book for anyone who is, or has been, in the military. It would make a great Father's Day or Mother's Day gift. Share it with someone you love.
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