I absolutely love the Little People, Big Dreams series. This series features child friendly, quirky illustrated biographies. The subjects come from a variety of ethnicities, walks of life and ages. I think this series should be in all school and public libraries. All of these books were gifted to me upon request. The ratings and opinions shared are my own.
Louise Bourgeois (Little People, BIG DREAMS, #48) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Helena Perez Garcia (Illustrator)
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Little People, Big Dreams series continues to enlighten me and introduce me to people that I did not know about before, thus, Louise Bourgeois is a character that I spent hours reading about and checking out her works online after reading this book. Louise was born on Christmas day, the second daughter to a man who wanted sons. She became close to her mother and worked with her on repairing tapestries at a young age. When her mother dies, she realizes that drawing brings her relief and helps her deal with her anger, especially towards her domineering father. She goes to art school and meets Fernand Léger, and she begins to explore sculpture, making her life change for the better. She marries and moves to New York, before WWII breaks out. In New York, she makes her mark on art. She is an artist that has many sculptures and installations throughout the world, that many people find shocking and disturbing, but all have a message. This would be a great jumping off point to learn more about this amazing artist. I can see this book being used in classrooms looking at feminism, women making a difference in the world, art and sculpture, writing biographies and so much more. The illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia are a bit quirky, yet still realistic in a way that would attract children to them, as well as add much to the story. As always, a timeline at the back of the book is included with facts and photos. I definitely recommend this one to schools and public libraries.
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Prince loved music, which was not surprising with a talented musician as a father. He loved to dance and loved to play his dad’s piano, even though he was not supposed to. He did not like school, again, not surprising for people with his creative talent and skills. He loved his dance lessons where he could express himself and be creative. Prince could sing, dance, and play instruments which gave him everything he needed to be a great musician and superstar. He was very unique as well. He wore wild and outrageous outfits and was able to do unbelievable things with his voice. He was extremely popular and his music crossed many genres. He was a talented performer who mixed sounds to make very original and creative songs. Prince is a wonderful addition to the “Little People, Big Dreams” series. The illustrations were bright and vibrant, just like the man himself. Included in the back pages is a timeline with actual pictures of Prince. A definite must for all libraries; public, school, classroom and family. Let your child dream big.
Stevie Wonder (Little People, Big Dreams #56) by by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Melissa Lee Johnson (Illustrations)
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Growing up across the river from Detroit, Motown was a huge part of my life and I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder. I loved this addition to the “Little People, Big Dreams” series. Stevie was born premature and too much oxygen at birth caused him to go blind a few days after birth. That did not stop him. He felt and heard life around him. He was banging out rhythms on pots and pans when still an infant and had mastered the harmonica by the age of twelve. I actually went to youtube to listen to “Little Fingers” the song mentioned in the book that he played in the Motown Review. His parents supported his talent and career in music. He was tutored on the road and became close to his teacher. Stevie was a great humanitarian as well, especially helping those with sensory, mental and motor conditions. He was named Messenger of Peace by the UN. I loved the illustrations in this book. They are realistic and add much to the story. As always there is a timeline with a few wonderful photographs at the back of the book. This is another book that should be in all libraries. It would be great to use in music classrooms, to teach about biographies, following your dreams, perseverance and more. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Charles Darwin (Little People, Big Dreams #53) by by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Mark Hoffman (Illustrations)
3 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐
I love the variety of subjects in the “Little People, Big Dreams” series. Charles Darwin is a controversial person when dealing with many religions. He was a scientist who realized how evolution works and is the author of the famous “The Origin of Species”. He became interested in nature when he was only a young boy. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but that didn’t work out. He traveled around the world observing animals in their natural habitat. What a wonderful way to make your mark on the world by doing something you love. This was a very simplistic story which is perfect for young children. I have to say that I did not really like the illustrations in this one. I spent most of the time looking at the ears of the human characters. It took a lot away from the story for me. When I read this with my grandson, every time I turned a page, he burst out laughing and made a comment about the ears. I think this is a great additions to the series, but if the children spend more time laughing about the illustrations, the subject may not be absorbed.