Monday, August 13, 2018

An Introduction To A Noted Novelist: Jane Austen

Jane Austen

(Little People, Big Dreams)
by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

The Little People, Big Dreams books are biographies that teach children a few things about important women who dared to dream. Previous books have included such figures as Harriett Tubman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Anne Frank.

Jane Austen is a noted novelist who definitely deserves a place in this series. She grew up in a large family of 7 brothers and sisters.  Her father, who must have sensed that his daughters might be interested in learning, invited Jane and her sister to join him in classes where he was teaching boys. This, of course, was not something girls did at the time since women were groomed to sew and do other tasks befitting ladies. But both of his daughters were eager to learn so they joined the classes.

Jane soon discovered her love for reading and writing. She wrote several novels including Pride and Prejudice, which the reader learns was based on something Jane experienced in her life. 

As with the other books in this series, there are more facts at the end of the book for adults.

What Concerned Me: While I thoroughly enjoy the series, I'm not a fan of most of the illustrations.

What I Liked Most: Even though very few details are given in these books, they offer a smattering of information to acquaint children with notable historical figures.  It's a great series for children and helps point out that many of these women were dreamers who dared to think outside the box.

Author: by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Illustrator: Katie Wilson

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books  (June 2018)

4 Stars

  • Pages 32
  • Good For Various Ages
  • Purchase Here And Check Out Other Books In This Series

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