By Valder Beebe
I was delighted to talk with Mark Shriver. He is a member of both the Shriver and Kennedy families; since his mother was Eunice Mary Kennedy, his father was Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, upon its establishment by President John F. Kennedy. Sargent was a former ambassador to France and the 1972 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. His mother, Eunice Shriver was the founder of the Special Olympics. And rounding out his accolades, his sister, Maria Shriver, is a former journalist and the former First Lady of California (she was married to former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger until 2011).
Now, New York Times bestselling author and president of Save the Children Action Network, Mark Shriver highlights the various ways children and adults can be real-life heroes in their everyday lives. Little ones learn to count the individual heroes who shine a light on the importance of helping others whether it’s through teaching, caring for animals, protecting the environment, or keeping others from harm.
As President of Save the Children Action Network, Mark, “wanted to create a book so that children and adults know that there are hidden heroes everywhere, including within them.” In 10 HIDDEN HEROES, little ones learn to count the individual heroes who shine a light on the importance of helping others, whether through teaching, caring for animals, protecting the environment, or keeping others from harm. Adults who read along can help their children make connections to the unseen acts of compassion and bravery that occur in their very own neighborhoods and inspire them to become everyday heroes themselves.
10 HIDDEN HEROES is sure to inspire children and the grown-ups who love them in understanding the importance of service and caring for those in our own communities and around the world. Mark Shriver, a former Maryland state legislator, author of Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis and the New York Times bestselling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver. Mark Shriver publicists provided text in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show
VBS: Mark talk about your book Hidden Hero’s.
MS: Thanks. Hidden Hero’s is a celebration of folks doing good works every day. They aren’t being paid like a celebrity. We spend so much time in America being consumed by celebrity and prestige, the book Hidden Hero’s is a fun way for kids of all ages on each page to find the hidden hero. Everyday hero’s that make our country great like; the crossing guard, or the custodian in the hospital. Yes there are the doctors and the nurses, but also the custodian who is there to make sure the hospital is clean. It’s a celebration of these folks doing these small acts…….
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