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How To Be A Heroine – For Girls: Inspiration from Classic Heroines Review by Amanda Hopkins

Kathleen Schuller
Dog Ear Publishing
4011 Vincennes Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Young girls are looking for role models on how to become heroines. There are many places for them to look, but one great place is the characters of classic books. Kathleen Schuller writes about 6 of these great heroines in How To Be A Heroine – For Girls: Inspiration from Classic Heroines.

Through this book, we take a look at 6 beautiful characters, Mary Lennox, Sara Crewe, Anne Shirley, Jo March and sisters, Elizabeth Bennet and Laura Ingalls. Each one of these characters shows how to be a heroine by doing seemingly simple things in your everyday life.

Throughout the chapters, we look at the virtues of a heroine, things like generosity, patience, joyous optimism and compassion. These virtues are shown by the actions of the characters from the classics. We read quotes and examples that show us how easy it is to be a heroine ourselves. It is nice to see how easy it really is, and how we can change so much by simple actions.

This is a simple book to read that shows our daughters how to become heroines by changing some simple actions to reflect those of the characters. We are given the details that are needed from the story to make the virtue make sense. We read about Mary from The Secret Garden. We hear the details of her and Colin before they find the secret garden and get outside. We think about how they are thinking about themselves and see that this is not a good thing. It is simple and just what is needed, but also allows you to think and build from each example.

This is an excellent book for ages. While my six-year-old was a little too young to read it to herself, I loved sitting down and reading it to her.

As we read the book, we were able to spend time talking about the character's virtues that were presented to us. We have not read all these classics aloud yet, but that did not take away from the understanding of the character virtues. However, we will be starting these classics and coming back to this book a second time. I also feel that as my daughter grows, reading this book multiple times will be helpful in enforcing these qualities of a real heroine.

I love this book. Not only did I enjoy reading this for myself, but I also enjoyed reading it with my daughter. The examples that were given in this book are great, and I plan on adding these classics to our reading list as well. If you have a daughter, you will want to have her read this book.

—Product review by Amanda Hopkins, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2018