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Heroes Every Child Should Know

Hamilton Wright Mabie

Book Overview: 

The endeavor has been made in this volume to bring together the heroic men of different races, periods and types; and in the selection of material the most attractive, intelligent and authoritative literature has been drawn upon. In cases in which the material selected belongs distinctively to the best literature, no changes have been made, although narratives have been abbreviated; in cases in which the material has a historical rather than a distinctively literary quality, the text has been treated for "substance of doctrine," and omissions have been freely made, and connecting words, phrases and even sentences have been introduced to give the narrative clear connection and completeness. In the preparation of the material for the volume the intelligence and skill of Miss Kate Stephens have been so freely used that she is entitled to the fullest recognition as associate editor. - Summary by Hamilton Wright Mabie

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . a beautiful lake known so many years ago, as in the time of Hercules, and even by us in our day, as Lake Stymphalus. It is a lake of pure sweet water and it lies, as such waters lie in our own country, high up in mountains and amid hillsides covered with firs and poplars and clinging vines and wild blossoms.

In our day the lake is a resort for gentle singing birds, but in the time of Hercules other birds were there also. The other birds were water fowls, and they had gathered at Lake Stymphalus because they had been driven out of their old home by wolves, who alone were hungrier and more destructive than they. These fowls had claws of iron, and every feather of theirs was sharper than a barbed arrow, and so strong and fierce and ravenous they were that they would dart from the air and attack hunters, yea, and pecking them down would tear and strip their flesh till but a bony skeleton remained of that which a few minutes before had been a strong, ac. . . Read More

Community Reviews

As this is a compilation of others' writings, the quality of the writing varies. Some I enjoyed more than others. Great stories, though, that help form the basis of our Western culture. Very readable, this would make a great read-aloud for grade-schoolers.

Wonderful compilation! Many of the entries are excerpts from larger works written by very skilled, well-known authors (Sir Walter Scott, Tennyson). All are entertaining and richly written. I was pre-reading in prep to share with my son & enjoyed it - also learned a few things.

Pairs pretty well with

Not only are these heroes every child should know, but heroes every adult should know, too. :) Great book!

Amazing