Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Ernest Shakleton by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Olivia Holden

Ernest Shakleton is another fantastic book in the Little People, Big Dreams series from Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. The Little People Big Dreams series is the most beautiful set of non-fiction children’s books I have ever come across. Each gorgeous hard cover book is a child-friendly biography of a significant person from history.  There are so many inspirational men and women to choose from.

Each book focuses on one individual from history. Many are quite recent, bringing history from living memory to life for children. The stories are very relatable, starting with when the individual was a child (just like the reader). The development of their passion and dreams for the future are clearly explained in an accessible but detailed manner. There is so much to learn from each biography! The books focus on positive traits, creating wonderful role models. Resilience, hard work, determination, a positive attitude and a sense of what is right play centre stage as children see that anything is possible if you follow your dreams. The wide range of role models allows children to expand their worlds. With such a broad series, there is something to suit every child and every interest.

The books are brightly coloured and so appealing. They have a feeling of quality inside and out. With a manageable amount of text on each page and engaging illustrations, the reader is drawn into the fascinating facts and stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving great things. They can’t help but be inspired!

Ernest Shakleton always dreamed of a life and adventure beyond his family home in Ireland. Optimism, patience, idealism and courage combined to create his ticket to a new life. When he joined the merchant navy, he was given the opportunity to travel to the South Pole and follow in the footsteps of Roald Amundson. When Amundson reached the pole first, Shakleton set himself the goal of travelling across Antarctica sea to sea via the pole. The journey was treacherous and the crew was faced with great adversity. Shalkleton never lost faith that he would bring his crew home again. His inspirational courage and self-sacrifice make him a person to remember.  

“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.” (Ernest Shakleton)

These fantastic books would be at home in any primary classroom as well as on a bookshelf at home. They deserve to be read over and over again as children get to know the wonderful people within.

Thank you to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for this wonderful book!

Find out more about this fantastic series here.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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