Author Isabel Sánchez Vegara had been working in top advertising agencies for more than 15 years when she became an aunt to twin nieces. It was then she realised that, although there were lots of books describing boys and men who were brave and adventurous and had made their mark on the world, this was much less so when looking for similar instances of women and girls. And so the Little People, Big Dreams series was born and this series is now available as board books in a simplified form for the little ones.
These delightful board books have good illustrations by Ana Albero and would make great bedtime reading. Children around 4 or 5 years old could probably read the simple sentences themselves. Although these My First books are simplified from the longer, more detailed Little People, Big Dreams original series, they still manage to tell the story of these inspiring women.
Coco Chanel always stood out, even as a child. She is seen wearing a striped top when all the other girls wore plain ones and her hair was cut short while theirs were all in braids. We see her dream of creating clothes and eventually open a hat shop. All the while she persisted with her own unique style and, although her more simple and comfortable clothes were initially viewed as strange, Coco Chanel went on to become a world-famous designer of high fashion, classic and elegant clothes.
Through wonderful pictures and simple sentences the book captures the essence of Coco Chanel, a woman who knew what she wanted and worked hard to achieve her dream. I can highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Reviewed by Jan Kershaw
Rating out of 10: 9
Distributed by: Murdoch Books
Released: July 2018
RRP: $12.99 board book