The library sponsors an essay contest for Islander of the Year, and the children all submit their ideas. Somehow, as they tell their tales, Clifford keeps turning up—and he is ultimately chosen as the winner. The kids learn that sometimes a real hero is the one you least expect.

Clifford's Big Idea: Help OthersClifford's Big Idea: Help Others

Children will have an opportunity to think about unrecognized heroes in their lives and will learn ways to show their appreciation for others while improving their:

  • language and literacy skills
  • life skills and social literacy

Everyday HeroesEveryday Heroes

We all know famous heroes, but there are many unrecognized everyday heroes. Discuss with your child what a hero is: someone who is helpful, kind, and brave. Help children understand that the world is filled with heroes. Tell the child about some of the everyday heroes in your life and ask the child to tell you about something heroic that would be considered heroic and someone who would be considered a hero.

Just Doing Their Job!Just Doing Their Job!

With a Group:
Have children think of people in their neighborhood who are community heroes, such as a police officer, pediatrician, veterinarian, fire fighter, mayor, or librarian. Create a poster about the community helpers children are interested in and list all of the things that they know about each job. Then ask

  • What else would you like to know?
  • How can you find out?

Encourage the children to find the answers to their questions. If possible, invite one of these community heroes to meet the group.

© 2002 Scholastic Entertainment Inc. Web Site copyright.