by Kathie Johnson
I have a large section in my children's library that I call "Hero Tales." There might be a better way to categorize the books that are there, but that's what I call it. The books in this section include the many stories of King Arthur and his knights, Robin Hood, Odysseus, Beowulf, William Tell, Jason, Saint George, Charlemagne, and others. Because the stories are from earlier times, most of the heroes are men.
But what is a hero anyway? The common thread linking all the people I've named is that they were men who "adventured." They went on quests, fought great battles, took risks to accomplish . . .
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