Forty adventurers and lovers of the humanities recently gathered at the Ravine Lodge at the base of Mount Moosilauke for a guided hike along a popular 7 mile loop – up the Gorge Brook Trail and down Carriage and Snapper trails.

Children’s literature is full of heroes. And for good reason: young children live in the imaginative world of who they will become, taking example from the strongest model at hand. But what role does the hero play for adult learners, especially those who are challenged by immigration, poverty or incarceration? Do the heroic subjects of children’s literature convey meaningful messages for these readers, as well?