Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story

Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story

by S. D. Nelson


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Growing up on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona, Ira Hayes was a quiet, shy boy. He never wanted to be the center of attention, and at school, he felt lonely and out of place.

By the time Ira was in his late teens, World War II was raging. When the United States called its men to arms, Ira answered by joining the Marine Corps. He believed it was his duty to fight honorably for his country, and with his Marine buddies by his side, Ira finally felt as if he belonged. Eventually they were sent to the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima, where a chance event and an extraordinary photograph catapulted Ira to national awareness and transformed his life forever.

Filled with all the patriotism and tragedy of wartime and its afteraffects, Quiet Hero is the story of one person's courage in the face of both military and personal battles. It is a poignant tribute to Ira Hayes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600604270
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 612,197
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 Years

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Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Ira Hayes was just a boy he like to hang out with his brother and play on the Indian Plantation they lived on. When he was a teenager he was sent to a boarding school that tought him the skills he needed to be a labor man. In 1941, after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, he decided to join the marines. He went to boot camp then for the two years to follow he was sent to 3 major battles. For the last battle he was sent to Iwo Jima. There he and 5 others made there way up the mountain and put up an American flag to let everyone know that America had control of the island. While theses 6 men were putting up the flag a man took a picture. Eventually this picture was made iton a huge American monument.
VerrillC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You may have to scaffold how a child can visualize and imagine being part of the story. Encourage them to imagine themselves living in a house without a toilet or bathtub like in the beginning or encourage them to imagine themselves as soldiers in the war. You can even ask them to imagine how his family felt not being able to see him for years.
JenniferHauschildt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This biography is about Ira Hayes. Ira was a Native American who grew up in Arizona. As a teenager, he was sent to the Phoenix Indian school. Ira was very lonely at the school. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ira decided to join the Marines. In the military, Ira finally felt like he belonged. He was sent to war in Iwo Jima. Ira and 5 other Marines went to the top of a mountain and planted a US Flag. A photographer captured the famous picture. When Ira arrived back in the US he was treated like a hero, but he thought the heroes were the men who died fighting for their country. Ira had a hard time adjusting to like in the US again and he passed away ten years after the Iwo Jima incident. A Navy artist made the sculpture of the men raising the flag, which is now in Washington D.C.Personal Reaction - I liked this biography. I've seen the photograph of the Marines raising the flag, but I have never heard anything about the men. The war memorial in Washington D.C. is a popular destination, so this would be a great book to tell children about the history of one of the men in the memorial. I like how they included a bad part of his life, like how he couldn't adjust to life in the U.S. after the war and he began drinking. He can still be a hero even though he had problems. Classroom Extention Ideas-I would use this book in the classroom with other books about Native Americans- I would use this book with a history unit on World War 2. - I might also have the children interview a classmate and write a short biography of their classmate.