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I LOVE the Little People, Big Dreams series!! Vanessa Nakate's story is truly inspiring. Through the book, you learned a lot about her and her fight for climate justice for Africans. It's a powerful reminder of how one person can make their voice heard and create change.

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Big people little world has finally done a book on someone I’ve never heard of before. It is a young climate activist, the likes of Greta Thunberg, who has had to deal with racial prejudice, even in climate change. She’s trying to get her voice heard about how the continent with the least amount of people affecting climate change deals with some of the worst consequences. This book is almost too short on real facts. These books are normally glow overs, but the reader can feel the holes. One other problem is Vanessa Nakate is a black woman and the pictures in black-and-white that are included on the very end or not done well and hard for the reader to see and make out features.

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I feel like I was vaguely aware of the photo at the center of this book when it first made the rounds of the internet but I wasn't especially familiar with the names involved. As an adult reader, this book gives important context to a viral incident. For a child it introduces new aspects of institutional racism - how it affects climate change. Worth reading on two accounts. This one should be on most picture book biography shelves.

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Another climate warrior!! So proud of these people, whom from young age realized how bad the climate change is, and try to act on changing it. And Miss Nakate, from Uganda, is one marvelous person who tried to save her continent. A necessary move, if we want to save the world, because Africa is also as important as other continent. A great way to recognize her, thanks to the author, is to read her story and joined her effort.

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Love this book series, not only educational for children and adults alike, but charming and lovely to read. I will be looking into this activists life further too she’s an inspiration

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“Vanessa Nakate” by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vergara, with illustrations by Olivia Amoah is book 100 in the Little People, Big Dreams series.

Vanessa grew up in Africa, and was the oldest child of her family. She became aware of the climate crisis, and although Africa wasn’t involved in creating the problem, it was in the path of destruction caused by other nations. She went off to college to learn how to bring change to her planet. She found it hard for people to hear her voice and learned to speak louder.

This is a book about somebody I didn’t know anything about. I was delighted to learn about this person. As usual, the illustrations are great. I liked this story about how one person can make themselves heard.

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I knew very little about Vanessa Nakate and that is why I love this series so much!

It was great to know more about her and how strong she is!

Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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We've all heard about Greta Thunberg, but I had never heard about this young adult environmentalist, Vanessa Nakate. Vanessa lives in Uganda and in school and heard a bit about climate change, but it was always somewhere else. It wasn't until she was a young adult that she learned how droughts in her own country led to crop failure that left families hungry from other activists. When she participated in a climate summit in 2020, she was cropped out of the photos, not only ignoring her participation, but also disregarding the issues affecting the African Continent. This action spurred Vanessa on to raise her voice louder and to fight harder for climate justice for Africans. We are all aware of the problems facing our world regarding climate change, and my grandchildren have learned a lot about it at school. What I love, is that this book shows how taking action will help facilitate change, at least that is the hope. Both kids were interested in this book and Vanessa Nakate. Although we looked at the back showing a timeline and actual photos, the 9 year old and I went out on the net and watched some videos and read a bit more about her. I think that is one of the great things about these books, to encourage children to act, but also to do more research on their own. I highly recommend this book and series, especially to public libraries and schools.

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Another person included in this series I feel that should have more recognition and we should learn about in school.
Vanessa a young woman who is working hard to save our planet and combat climate change, in spite of the fact that people didn't want to listen to her when she was younger.
A brilliant book teaching children about the environment and how important it is we look after it. The illustrations are amazing as always and the photographs at the end as well really draw a picture of what Vanessa’s life is truly like and what she’s does

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This is a lovely children's book from the Little People, Big Dreams series, which is an amazing, educational series of books, focusing on inspirational people in the world.

This book focuses on Vanessa Nakate, who is a climate activist, born in Africa. She formed the Young for Future Africa movement and the Green Schools Project, and she is an inspirational leader, as well as a voice of hope in Africa.

I found this book really interesting, and I enjoyed looking at the beautiful illustrations in the book, as well as the informative text sections and photographs at the end of the book.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book.

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Such an empowering person! I hadn’t heard of this activist but we love these books so of course we had to read it. This is such an important subject and an important person!

As always the illustrations were beautiful!

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I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

I absolutely love this series, and especially when it focuses on people I don't know a lot about already! I think it shows Nakate's accomplishments and her focus in her activism in a great way, and it really makes me want to learn more about her!

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I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review.

This is a book about a young woman who is working hard to save our planet and combat climate change, in spite of the fact that people didn't want to listen to her at first. And while I was reading this, I found myself wondering why I'd never learned about her in school. The answer is because I'm more than a decade older than she is, so her notable achievements happened after I was out of school, and her voice hasn't carried as far as Greta Thunberg's, or I'm living in a bubble (or both, it could be both).

The illustrations were bold and colorful, with solid lines, showing the progression of events in Vanessa Nakate's life as they relate to her activism at least. I would definitely read this book more than once because I learned things from it, and that's always a good thing. Overall I give this book 4.63 out of 5 stars.

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This series is delightful. Beautiful illustrations, clear stories of resilience and a great introduction into biographies. I highly recommend adding any you are interested into your children's library! They also make great gifts!

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Something that I always found so common in all activists' stories and actions is that they always rely on the placards made from trees, which were cut-off for the industries erected to produce it. The industries, which are generating more pollution than conserving it. Using placards as also shown in this picture book in itself a biggest ironical savior act for climate. India was placed on placards to be saved from climate change. Indeed India need attention too but why an African was more insistent on other parts which are very well conserving climate that their own? India still has all eras old rivers and better state to live, to side few of urban areas.
I am not going to doubt more on her as when her inspiration comes from Greta who herself is illiterate child, then what else to say on that matter? When you stop learning and start screaming it surely gives no sense to your actions on ground. Like Vanessa went all over the world just to let her hear rather changing a place by working on it for real. However, the whole point was to get famous and not saving planet for real.

For illustrations, I would appreciate the illustrator but for the ideas behind it would rather say it was all a dumb act.

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Vanessa Nakate by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara within this wonderful Little People, BIG DREAMS series we discover the incredible life of Vanessa Nakate the Ugandan climate-justice activist.

As a kid, when little Vanessa heard about climate change, she thought it was something that happened on the other side of the world. As an adult, she saw how droughts in her own country led to crop failure that left families hungry. Inspired by other activists, Vanessa took a stand and began campaigning to save the Congolian rain forests. Soon, she was invited to take her campaign around the world.

In 2020, Vanessa participated in an important summit about climate change. But when she was cropped out of a photograph featuring other climate-change activists, it felt like not just her contribution to the movement had been erased, but that the needs of a whole continent had been disregarded.

It was a moment that shocked the world, but it spurred Vanessa on to raise her voice louder and to fight harder for climate justice for Africans. Today, she continues to be a leader in the climate-change movement and a voice of her generation.

This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the incredible young activist’s life so far.

These books were a wonderful find and great for small children to learn about these wonderful people of our past and in the present.

I highly recommend these books. I love them.

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A really sweet book from a great series. Its artwork is really pretty and the reader learns the story of Vanessa Nakate, for whom I have to say I didn't know much until now. A great book for young kids, that could be incorporated in some environmental school subjects.

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Little People, Big Dreams features Vanessa Nakate. The story of the Ugandan climate activist. This story will inspire and bring attention to climate change around the world.
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara has a new addition to the amazing Little People Big Dreams series. A collection of books that I love and love to share. These stories are inspiring to children and even adults can learn a thing or two from their favorites who are a part of the Little People, Big Dreams family.

In this book, you will take the journey of Vanessa Nakate. Being a young child and being able to know the magnifying effects of climate on her country. Nakate grows and seeing that no one is focusing on the effects on her home country, decides that she will inspire change. She gathers her family and continues to advocate for awareness of the climate change affecting the world. A brave young woman who called out the media when trying to erase her. Using that platform to grow a bigger platform of acknowledgment of the crisis and its consequences.

Showing young children, change can start with just one person. And it doesn’t matter if the world does not listen, you stick to what you believe in and at some point the world will catch up to you!

Curating Edits received Little People, Big Dreams: Vanessa Nakate in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.

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This was FANTASTIC. So well written, and so much to learn! We hadn't heard of Vanessa Nakate before, and now my daughter wants to learn all about her. This is absolutely one that we will pick up as soon as it comes out!

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These books are so important and I found this particularly one incredibly inspirational.

I am ashamed to say I had never heard of Vanessa Nakate. This book will help promote awareness of her as a historical figure. She sounds like a very strong and passionate woman!

I wish these types of books existed when I was a child.

It also brings me so much joy to know that children won’t just be learning about old white men either.

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