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The Guide to Being a Superhero

Don your capes and join the never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way with this colossal collection of superhero-themed books, games, DVDs, and foods.
 

Learning Benefits

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BOOKS

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer

By day, Eliot is a quiet, bookish boy. After midnight, he flies around the world solving problems, large and small. Tiger Tales, $8. Ages 4 and up.

The Courageous Captain America: An Origin Story by Rich Thomas
This new Captain America storybook reveals the secret experiment that transformed Steve Rogers into a powerful super soldier. Marvel Press, $9. Ages 7 and up.

 

MelvinSuperheroBook.gifMelvin Beederman Series by Greg Trine

Melvin battles L.A. criminals with the help of third-grader sidekick Candace. Their only weakness: a love of bologna. Henry Holt, $8. Ages 7 and up.

 

 

GAMES

Superhero Squad

Inspired by the Marvel TV series. Mix and match heroes and villains to form a fighting squad. Multi-player modes allow the whole family to join in. For Wii, PSP, PS2, DS. THQ, $20. Rated E.

Don't Wake Hulk

You can be Spidey, Storm, Wolverine, or Ironman in this board game. Move your pawn and try not to wake Hulk ... or he'll send you back to Start! Hasbro, $40. Ages 4 and up.

Superhero Starter Kit

Includes a durable, shiny red cape with Velcro straps; masks; wrist shields; and three pages of stickers so kids can accessorize their super selves. Klutz, $15. Ages 4 and up.

 


DVDS

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Rupert Patterson Wants to Be a Superhero

An imaginative 10-year-old spends his days training to become a superhero. When a bank robber shows up in his hometown, Rupert gets his chance to save the day. Rated G.


Superman: The Movie

The DC Comics legend comes to life in this classic. Features Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, and Gene Hackman. Rated PG. 

The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series

Based on the Marvel Comics character, this 70s TV series stars a scientist who must learn how to cope with his very angry, and very green‚ alter ego. Not rated.

 


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  • Carrots for X-ray vision. Vitamin A improves eyesight.
  • Tomatoes for supreme endurance. The antioxidant lycopene reduces shortness of breath during exercise. 
  • Broccoli for healing powers. Vitamin K strengthens muscles and stimulates tissue growth.
  • Grapes for supreme smarts. Flavonoids help prevent short-term memory loss.

Source: Eat This, Not That! (For Kids!)

 

 

Carolyn Buchanan is a contributing editor to Parent & Child.

 

 

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