What an inspiring book and a tribute to all the wonderful men and women who have made a difference in our world and theirs. They Stood Alone is about twenty-five such extraordinary men and women whose revolutionary breakthroughs changed the face of the world forever.
There were surely other extraordinary who aren’t mentioned in this book. This is because Sandra McLeod Humphrey created her list of extraordinary people on the basis of several specific criteria. They were people with a vision for a new perspective who also questioned the wisdom of their time and had the courage to step away from the crowd and their comfort zones to believe in themselves enough to pursue their dreams.
Some of the people who fit these criteria are: Christopher Columbus, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry David Thoreau, and Harriet Tubman, just to name a few. I absolutely loved Humphrey’s descriptions of these people and how they made a difference. Every teen and tween will be delighted to know about these important figures in history. And this book will encourage teens and tweens to use this book as a launching point to find out more about these individuals.
By writing this book, Humphrey hopes that all readers will develop the courage to step out of their comfort zones and pursue their dreams without inhibition. We all have things we’d love to change in our current world. We just have to be courageous enough to follow our heart and reach for our dreams. And Humphrey’s book will encourage a whole generation of kids to try and do just that.
As a teacher myself, I see first-hand how kids and teens need to be encouraged to be their best and to strive to make a difference in this world. I’ll be using Humphrey’s book to encourage teens to do the best that they can and hold onto their dreams in a world that is sometimes quick, noisy, fickle, and complex all at the same time. With Humphrey’s book as my guide, it should be easier to do this.