Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Captain Tom Moore by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Christopher Jacques

Captain Tom Moore 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!

Captain Tom Moore follows the story of this inspirational man through his childhood, early career and into the Second World War when he served in India, Burma and Sumatra. His passion for engines and things that move is a constant theme, culminating in his amazing fundraising walk during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is a man who cares deeply for others and does all he can to make sure those in his care feel safe, secure and happy. In Spring 2020, 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore raised over £30 million for NHS Charities Together by walking 100 lengths of his garden. He inspired the nation and brought joy in a dark time. The book ends with Captain Sir Tom Moore receiving his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.

A percentage of the sales of this book will go to NHS Charities Together.

These fantastic books would be welcome 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 important book!

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

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