This is a wonderful new series of well-told, beautifully illustrated biographies with dramatic, evocative illustrations on every page. Each book tells the story of a remarkable person from the past, whose name and achievements have lived on far beyond their own time. Lively, narrative text by skilled storytellers, this colourful, picture book style artwork will stimulate the imagination and linger in the memory. It includes international range of characters. Each has a timeline and index for easy reference. The biographies link in with National Curriculum KS1 and KS2. Young children love a good story. What better way to introduce them to the giants of our past than through these delightful books? The titles in the series have been chosen to cover a wide range of characters and to have both national and international appeal.
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Grade 3-4-These simple, entertaining biographies detail the entire span of these men's lives, emphasizing the factors that inspired them to become writers. Each book recounts interesting anecdotes from the writer's childhood; readers learn that Andersen created plays and a toy theater for his dolls and that Dahl almost lost his nose when his sister crashed the family's brand new car. Langley and Shavick emphasize how both Andersen and Dahl overcame difficulties and tragedy in order to become great writers. At times, Langley's language is a bit cliched: "Girls and boys loved Hans's tales. They thought they were the most wonderful stories they had ever read" and "It was like a fairy tale come true." While the vivid watercolor illustrations are attractive and entertaining, they may leave readers longing for biographies that include photographs, such as Chris Powling's Roald Dahl (Carolrhoda, 1998). Despite these shortcomings, the books will appeal to children. "Important dates" pages will assist young researchers. Worthwhile purchases for most collections.
Esther C. Ball, Carver Elementary School, Newport News, VA
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"Simple, entertaining biography... Recounts interesting anecdotes from the writer's childhood... The vivid watercolor illustrations are attractive and entertaining... Will appeal to children. "Important Dates" pages will assist young researchers. Worthwhile purchase for most collections."--School Library Journal
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Alan Marks Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0199104409