Greta, nine years old, Chicago

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Who are your heroes?

Greta, a nine-year-old girl in Chicago, counts her mom among her heroes. “She helps me with my homework,” Greta explains.

Greta thinks she is like her mom. “A lot of people say I look like her. I act like her, I think. She likes running, and I do, too,” Greta says.

Greta thinks she will dress like her mom when she grows up. “I like how she dresses,” Greta says. “She has a lot of dresses, and she doesn’t wear shorts. She wears nicer things.”

Greta believes heroes help people up when they’re hurt, cheer people up, help others with their homework, and help them make the right decisions.

What would be the hardest thing about being a hero? “Saving people every single day. ‘Cause even if it was nighttime, you need to get up and help them. But if it was daytime, you’d still need to help them, and you’d be helping people all day.”

Greta thinks heroes feel brave all the time. “Sometimes they might be scared about having to save someone,” she explains. Maybe they just take a deep breath and think, I can do this. Greta says heroes are never in a bad mood.

Insights from the Urban Playground

Cities are a thrill for kids seeking heroes. Need help with your homework? If a parent or older sibling can’t step in, you can see a tutor for a price. This person can help you make sense of your questions, and you can probably find one not too far from your home or school.

You can find many fashionable heroes in cities, where people often prefer dresses over shorts.

Urban heroes don’t have to be on call all the time. With so many people rushing around and living closely together in one place, you can always find someone to help you.


1. Who are your heroes?

2. Do you think heroes have to work at helping people every day and every night?

3. What do you think hero fashion looks like?

4. Do cities have lots of heroes?

5. Who helps you with your homework? Is that person a hero to you?

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