Winner—Independent Publishers (IPPY) Book Award,
This important and inspiring book for children, parents, teachers and character-education programs uses vibrant pictures, fascinating profiles, and a wealth of intriguing information to bring to life the passion and actions of some of the past century’s greatest leaders.
Maura D. Shaw
Illustrations by Stephen Marchesi
Foreword by Dr. Robert Coles
8½ x 11, 48 pp | Full-color illus. | 978-1-893361-47-8
Ten Amazing People shows kids that spiritual people can have an exciting impact on the world around them.
Ten Amazing People uses vibrant pictures, fascinating profiles, and a wealth of intriguing information to bring to life the passion and actions of some of the past century’s greatest leaders.
Through thought, deed, and determined spiritual lives, these amazing people changed our world for the better. Coming from different backgrounds and faiths, representing different cultures and countries from around the globe, all of them had one thing in common: the belief that they had the power to make a difference by helping other people.
This important and inspiring book is for children, parents, teachers, and librarians who care about what these ten amazing people cared about—peace among nations, protecting the environment, helping the poor and disadvantaged, racial equality, and making the world a better place. Ideal for character education.
Black Elk Dorothy Day Malcolm X Mahatma Gandhi Martin Luther King, Jr. Janusz Korczak Mother Teresa of Calcutta Albert Schweitzer Thich Nhat Hanh Desmond Tutu
“...[S]imply written profiles of ten extraordinary people of our era who, beginning from surprisingly ordinary backgrounds, literally changed their world and ours. They make an amazingly ecumenical, colourful company....There is nothing preachy about this volume, and it will inspire adults and children alike.”
—Tom Harpur, The Globe and Mail
“There is nothing preachy about this volume. It will inspire adults and children alike.”
—Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“The best way to teach values to children is by living them. Here are stories of ten amazing people who lived those values that we seek to teach our children.”
—Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land
“A very heartwarming book with the potential to inspire young people to serve humanity through patience, perseverance, and faith. Young and old alike will find these stories spiritually moving.”
—Aisha Karen Khan, author of What You Will See Inside a Mosque
“Introduces us to ten amazing people who changed the world simply because they dared to look inside themselves and give life the very best of who they truly were. These inspiring human beings living out their spiritual destinies invite us to imagine what might happen if we dare, when we dare to do the same.”
—Rev. August Gold, co-author of Where Does God Live?
“Here are ten human beings (eight men and two women) who lived in the past one hundred years and yet clearly remain with all of us today. What they believed and, even more important, what they did in order to uphold their beliefs, values, and principles keeps them still very much with us. We look to them as moral guides, as individuals who dared to live honorably, decently, and as persons who thought not only of themselves—their hopes and wishes and worries—but of other people, many of whom were living in poverty or under persecution.”
—from the Foreword by Dr. Robert Coles
“Offers an excitingly different, multi-dimensional approach to biography. Like its diverse subjects, the book is both authoritative and inspiring.”
—Jack Maguire, author of Your Child’s Emotional Health and Waking Up: A Week Inside a Zen Monastery
“A beautifully written and illustrated book. A wonderful way to introduce young people to the lives, spirits, and visions of these exemplars.”
—Rev. Michael Keane, author of What You Will See Inside a Catholic Church