The Incredible Ordinary Hero or The Brave Bystander


Children - Educational
28 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Emma gets a beautiful princess dress as her birthday present in the opening scene of the storybook The Incredible Ordinary Hero or The Brave Bystander by Aida Rascanu. Emma has turned six and she is happy with her beautiful princess dress. She wants to become a princess who takes care of everyone. Emma wants to be a superhero as her mother puts it, but she is not too sure about her superpowers. Her mother is boiling milk in the kitchen. She tells Emma to be careful of the boiling milk and goes to make a phone call. Emma starts thinking about the ways she can help people and become a hero. Will she get a chance to help others and become a hero?

The story conveys a good message to young readers by making them realize that heroes are ordinary people who help others in need. The tips on what has to be done when someone gets burnt are helpful and informative and I like the way the author weaves this into the story. The illustrations are vivid and colorful and they bring the characters and the story alive. It is a good storybook for interactive sessions in classrooms and it is helpful when it comes to enhancing vocabulary. By the time they complete this book, young readers will know what to do when someone gets burnt. The story highlights the parent child bonding, and the importance of being kind and helpful. The instructions on what to do when a child gets burnt have been conveyed in a simple manner, making it easy for young readers to understand.

Adriana Reeves

The story is about a little girl, Emma, who wished to become a superhero, taking care of those who are hurt. When she turns six years old, she receives a princess dress. She has a dilemma! How to be a superhero and a princess at the same time. As it happens, Emma ends up doing just that. She gives first aid to her cousin, who got a burn from spilling hot milk on him.
It's a story both young children and adults alike will enjoy it to the last page. Illustrations are attractive and engaging,and vocabulary understood even by very young ones. Parents and grandparents will enjoy bonding with little ones through reading this book, and learn how to be an " ordinary superhero "