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Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story (edition 2009)

by S. D. Nelson (Author), S. D. Nelson (Illustrator)

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Title:Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story
Authors:S. D. Nelson (Author)
Other authors:S. D. Nelson (Illustrator)
Info:Lee & Low Books (2009), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Multicultural, Biography, Historical Fiction, Picture Books
Tags:Native Americans, America, Slodiers, Ira Hayes

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Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story by S.D. Nelson



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This is a biography about Ira Hayes and how he became an American hero. The biography covers the early life of Hayes growing up on the Gila River Indian Reservation with his people, the Pima Indians. Ira was sent to Phoenix Indian School where he was very shy. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor all of the young men at Ira's school wanted to join the military. At age nineteen Hayes joing the United States Marine Corps. Ira was sent to boot camp for two years. After completeion of basic training Ira fought in three major battles during WWII. The battle of Iwo Jima is where Ira Hayes became an American hero. He and five other placed an American flag on top of Mount Surilachic to let everyone know that America had taken control over the Island. During the placement of the flag a picture was taken and eventually that picture turned into a momument that is in Washington D.C.

I really enjoyed this biography. The illustrations were beautiful and would really capture student's attention. However, I do not like how they included Ira Hayes drinking to cope with life after war. It could send the wrong message to a child. I would use this book when talking about Native Americans or use it when teaching about WWII. ( )
  jpons | Sep 7, 2014 |
I really like this book. One reason I really like this book is because even though it is illustrated in the very back of the book it offers a timeline and real photographs that were talked about in the book. For example they explain the famous photo of the men raising the flag and how it was turned into a statue. In the back of the book you can see the photograph not just an illustration.

Another reason I really like this book is because the illustrations and colors are beautiful and bright. even on the pages that are about war and fighting. For example on the page that is talking about how the American soldiers are battling their way toward Mount Suribachi, the illustrations are blue and green and bright. Even the smoke is a bright grey and the bombs exploding are a bright orange.

The main idea of this book is sharing information about Ira Hayes. ( )
  jraeke1 | Apr 11, 2014 |
This book is a very easy read for elementary students. It introduces Ira Hayes, his background, his family, and lifestyle. It provides a glimpse into Ira's journey during WWII and his monumental moment in placing the flag on top Mount Suribachi. This book also provides a glimpse into how becoming a soldier can be huge benefit to someone.
The one thing I don't like about this book is the mention of Ira's drinking. Obviously, fact is fact, but I believe they could have left out how Ira's drinking helped him cope with his feelings of being alone--it says a wrong message to children. ( )
  ALGuerra | Feb 4, 2014 |
S.D. Nelson's Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story is the tale of an Indian-American who grew up to be one of the heroes of World War II. More than that, though, it is a story about finding your purpose in life, about discovering who you really are.

Illustrated by Nelson as well, the pictures blend effortlessly into the story. The artwork is very well done and likely the highlight of the book.

One concern I would have about sharing this book with younger readers, however, would be the unfortunate end to Ira Hayes' life. Of course, the truth is the truth, and there is no point in hiding it, but a man drinking himself to death, especially a war hero, could be a hard truth for young people to hear.

Despite that concern, Quiet Hero covers a lot of historical ground, from Indian reservation life to the horrors and triumphs of the great war, and could be a very good teaching tool, especially if the photo or monument of Hayes and his fellow soldiers is topical. ( )
  mdaniel54 | Jan 27, 2013 |
This is a great book that has great pictures. This is great book about soldiiers and Native American soldiers. The only probleem with this book is that I thought that it was kiind of short. I would defiantly read this book to my students to teach students different things in history. Also I would recomend this book who is interested in learing about Ira Hayes. ( )
  gjchauvin504 | Nov 14, 2012 |
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"A biography of Native American Ira Hayes, a shy, humble Pima Indian who fought in World War II as a Marine and was one of six soldiers to raise the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima, an event immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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