“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde
This book is about 77 inspiration boys/men who looked out for the stars!
As the book states, it is “an inspirational collection of famous and not so famous men from the past to the present day, who went on to make the world a better place through compassion, generosity and self-belief.”
These are men, who have changed the world for the better, in their own quiet way. And they have done so by not following the stereotypical path, but carving out their own.
These are men, who have defied the toxic masculinity, have not shied away from hiding their emotions.
These are men, who through their stories also tell the kids its ok to go against the grain, to not succumb to peer pressure.
And that is a lesson boys (as well as girls) need to learn.
Ben Brooks’ biographies are very inclusive, it has men from across the globe, culture and social class. It has stories about several famous men we have heard of like Gandhi, Bill Gates, Obama, Nelson Mandela and Lionel Messi. But then, it also has stories about lesser known figures who have done amazing work.Continue reading →
Every year our family of 4 travels to India to meet our extended family and we spend about a month there. So, my elementary school going boys have been exposed to 2 different cultures extensively. We have also travelled to a few more countries and they have noticed, talked about and compared the difference in food, homes, appearances and lifestyles. But there is so much more to explore, so much more to learn in this diverse world!
One of the many boons of internet and access to books/local libraries is that we can learn about different countries and its culture sitting at home. And this is exactly what we plan to do in the coming weeks.
My last post has the timeline that I plan to follow.
Here are a few sites/links that I have searched that will help in making a start to this learning process.
Our city has in the last couple of years started holding Beer Gardens over weekends. At one such event a friend, who also happens to be a teacher, suggested reading the book ‘Home of the Brave’ by Katherine Applegate.
And from there our conversation shifted to how many of our kids are still totally oblivious to or haven’t been exposed to what life is for people living in other parts of the world. In the same week I also happened to read this very interesting article ‘How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance’.
These thoughts lingered in my mind for days and I came up with a plan through which our family will collectively try learning more about the world that we live in.
It is important that kids learn, understand and respect the diverse world in which they live, and only will they be well-rounded individuals.