Saturday, October 6, 2018

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir is a new young reader book in the series Little People, Big Dreams.  Written by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Christine Roussey, it was released 2nd Oct, 2018 by Quarto publishing Frances Lincoln imprint.  Aimed at younger readers, it's 32 pages, perfect for a storytime or classroom circle read.  It's available in ebook and hardcover formats.

This series is really amazing for its accessibility and charm.  These are profoundly important people who have lived through and experienced deeply difficult lives while affecting billions of people past and present.  How do you take hugely important peoples' biographies and condense them down into a digestible and appealing format for very young children (and their caregivers)?  I wouldn't have the first glimmer of a clue where to even start.  The author of the books starts at the subjects' childhoods and moves on to their later lives and experiences. 

 This particular book and the artist's finesse with settings and postures/expressions is pure charm.  Her drawings of Sartre were instantly recognizable and adorable (I giggled out loud) but still managed to convey respect for the subject.  Major kudos.  

I really love all of these books I've read and reviewed and recommend this one unreservedly.  In addition to the biography, there is a short additional bibliography/suggested reading list included at the end of the book.

Lovely book! Five stars

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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