From fairy tales to folk tales to ancient myths, everybody loves an underdog, that scrappy little guy or girl who rises from low expectations to greatness, young heroes and heroines born from the ashes of disadvantage, as it were. Books that feature underdog protagonists don’t necessarily raise those characters to great heights of heroism, wealth, or even respectability, but they do showcase the good and noble attributes society purports to value.The love of underdogs begins in childhood. Following are some of the favorite underdogs in children’s literature.