L. M. Montgomery by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Illustrator: Anuska Allepuz
Series: Little People, Big Dreams (Pequeña & GRANDE)
Publication Date: October 2 2018
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
Read Date: August 30 2018
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs / Children’s Nonfiction
Age group: 4+
Description from Publisher’s site:
New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Lucy Maud Montgomery, the famous Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables.
Born in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, Lucy Maud Montgomery lost her mother when she was very young. Left in the care of less-than-encouraging grandparents, she found comfort in reading, writing and her imagination. When Maud grew up, she wrote about the childhood she wished she had, creating one of the best-loved characters of all time: Anne of Green Gables. This moving book features stylish illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the author’s life.
Little People, BIG DREAMSis a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.
This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.
Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
First, I loved that cover, a baby picture of Maud for baby readers. Isn’t that cute?
Since I have read Anne of Green Gables, I have been fan of L.M. Montgomery. I read bio of the author on Goodreads and through many other medium so I knew little bit about this great author. But when I saw this title in my auto approval galleys it was hard to let it sit there unread. I wanted to see what author has included in this little picture book meant for children. And I must say I’m not disappointed at all.
The concept of the series was fascinating and that description above says a lot. There wasn’t any extended portion as mentioned in description for hardcover, so the format I read must be a board book as it was very short but definitely wonderful.
It was colorful book telling the life story of Maud. Illustrations were beautiful. I liked that little picture of Maud illustrator created. I could see lot of similarities between Maud and her character Anne. Both fascinated by books, diving amusing names to everything in Prince Edward Island and became a teacher. It was great to read small facts and I admit few I didn’t even know until I read this. How she got idea for her book ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and how she rewrote her childhood through Anne was great to know.
In the end there is brief biography telling the whole story of Maud with her b/w pictures which were pretty. Did you know she liked to be called Maud even though it’s her surname? I didn’t! I wish there was more about the author but it was perfectly fine for children aged 4+ yrs.
It was a good impressive way to introduce kids to one the great historical woman and author of the time. I’m sure they would love the book that will inspire them to learn more about L.M. Montgomery and her books in future. There are other books of the series on Jane Austen and Agatha Christie that I would love to read and many famous women in history. It is truly empowering series that will fascinate young reader and teacher would love to teach in classroom.
Overall, it was quick, easy read. I definitely recommend this book to all kids and teachers.
Mª ISABEL SÁNCHEZ VERGARA, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children’s books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.
Anuska Allepuz studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. She graduated with Distinction in 2016 from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at The Cambridge School of Art. Her other books include A Bear is a Bear (Nosy Crow) and That Fruit is Mine! (Walker Books).
Pre-Purachse Link and info about the book and author are available on Publisher’s site – https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781786032959/L-M-Montgomery.html
*** Note: I received e-ARC of the book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher, author, and NetGalley. ***
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