The power to put things right
The Barefoot Book of Heroic Children by Rebecca Hazell, illustrated by Helen Cann (Barefoot Books pound;14.99) provides young readers with a sense of empowerment they can relish. Hazels heroic tableau is wide and subtle. She draws from historical and mythical events from around the world and through the ages: from David, slayer of Goliath (pictured, left), to Anne Frank; Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and teacher of the deaf; Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of the great composer and a gifted composer in her own right. The format of these stories, in the first person with historical context to follow, makes them compelling as well as highly revealing and informative.