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Little People, Big Dreams

The Little People, Big Dreams series if made up of child friendly biographies of famous people from many walks of life. They concentrate on how they started their journeys as children. The end of the book always has photographs with a timeline with more facts and information that were not necessarily in the book or they expand on that information. As a retired teacher-librarian, I recommend this series to all the schools and educators I still have contact with. These are great books to begin that process of curiosity, as well as to promote dreaming big when still young, and working towards those dreams. All of these books were provide to me by the publisher upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

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Albert Einstein (Little People, Big Dreams #71) by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Jean Claude (Illustrator)

Published November 9th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The theory of relativity and physics are not always the easiest things to explain or understand, so I applaud the author tackling Albert Einstein in her Little People, Big Dreams series. Because this series encourages children to dream big, the theory is mentioned, but is not detailed in any way, which I was happy to see. The story begins when Albert is a young boy that did not speak until he was four years old. He had no friends except his sister. He struggled in school, but at home was teaching himself physics and math. The family moved to Italy and Albert continued his schooling in Switzerland. He got a job at a patent office when he left school, but continued to learn and theorize about the make up of all matter. He eventually became a well known and sought after Physicist. He and his family moved to the US just before Hitler began his war on the Jewish population, but he was able to save several Jewish scientists by getting them jobs at American Universities. One thing he always regretted was that his discoveries led to the atomic bomb. He was a firm believer in equality and spoke out against it whenever he could. Jean Claude’s illustrations are wonderful. Quirky and inviting, at times looking like photographs, they fit this book perfectly. The big message is summed up by saying, “By questioning everything, little Albert became one of the most original minds of the 20th century — a genius who proved to the world that curiosity and imagination are more important than knowledge.”

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Michael Jordan (Little People, Big Dreams #72) by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Lo Harris (Illustrator)

Published December 7th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In this Little People, BIG DREAMS book, readers will discover the life of Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time. In this child friendly biography we meet Michael as a child. He wanted to be the best at everything he tried. He and his brothers were all very active in sports, but Michael wanted to play basketball. When he did not make his school basketball team, he worked hard to improve his skills, and growing helped as well. From there he went on to play college ball, play in the NBA and win 6 titles with the Chicago Bulls and play for the US in the Olympics. His message: to work hard to make your dreams come true. I also liked that he stressed teamwork to win a championship. One thing this book mentioned was his reason for taking a season off from basketball and trying to play professional baseball, the death of his father. I did not know that. The illustrations were well done. I like the various styles used in this series and feel that Lo Harris’ images added to this book. Another great addition to this series.

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Nelson Mandela (Little People, Big Dreams #73) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Alison Hawkins (Illustrator)

Published January 4th 2022 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a very basic and child friendly biography of Nelson Mandela. It is important to note that this is about Mandela, not apartheid. As I read this I originally thought it did not show how bad apartheid was, but it does share the story of young Nelson (aka Rolihlahla) and how he became involved in human rights in South Africa. Rolihlahla meant troublemaker in Xhosa, his native language. He was descended from a clan who had lived on the land for generations. Once it was taken over by white men, the black inhabitants became second class. When Nelson’s father died he was sent to live at the “Great Place” and he was educated by the chief’s family. He developed a sense of fairness and eventually began organizing peaceful protests to gain right for everyone. After several arrests, he was finally imprisoned for 27 years for trying to overthrow the government. People all over the world demanded his release and eventually President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990. Again it doesn’t mention the pressure from the world, nor the threat of civil war. It makes it sound like he did it because it was the right thing to do. This is a great introduction to Nelson Mandela and how his drive to promote equal rights and justice began as a young boy. Alison Hawkin’s illustrations are stylized images and were a perfect companion to this book. The message of dreaming big and following those dreams is a great one for children.

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Pablo Picasso (Little People, Big Dreams #74) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Teresa Bellon (Illustrator)

Published January 4th 2022 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I knew of Pablo Picasso, but I never really understood is art or his style, and I can’t say I really do now, but I know a bit more. Pablo Picasso was a child prodigy. He was drawing before he talked. As a child, his art outpaced his father’s works when he was still quite young. I loved how much his parents supported and encouraged is talent. This book shows his progression as an artist, his friendships and some of the people and places that inspired him. It explained some of the processes he used, the reasons he tried different things and the journey he took to be successful. The illustrations by Teresa Bellon are appealing and colorful. They are active and full of creativity and suit the subject well. The final page in this book tells us why this is such a great series.

“Even though it took him just four years to paint like a master, little Pablo never stopped trying to paint like a child. Because all children are artists — we just need to keep believing it once we grow up.”