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Little People, BIG DREAMS: American Dreams

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I do love this series of nonfiction for children, and this is a fab compendium rewritten for older children, about 40 inspirational Americans.
This treasury covers the years 1800-1920, 1920-1940, 1941 -1959 and 1960 -2000, which makes it really interesting. I recognised most of the names, but didn’t know much about their lives, so I definitely learnt quite a few new facts about everyone in this book.
My favourite chapters were Harriet Tubman, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Helen Keller, Iris Apfel, Georgia O’Keefe, Josephine Baker and so many more!
Highly recommended as an introduction to nonfiction for older children.
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I absolutely adore this series and this collection is no different the people featured are interesting and varied enough for all young (and old) readers.
The illustrations are amazing, bright and bold as always

I received this book as an ARC for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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I adore these books and this is a great collection of stories in one compendium. You are informed of 40 great American people, with gorgeous illustrations. These may be aimed at younger readers but as an adult I love them.
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My thanks to Quarto Group - Francis  Lincoln Children’s Books for a temporary digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Little People BIG DREAMS: A Treasury of 40 Inspiring Americans by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Lisbeth Kaiser.

I am a huge fan of the publishers’ series of mini-biographies, so was intrigued by this Treasury that compiles 40 individual profiles, intended for readers aged 9-12 years old. As a result, these profiles are aimed at slightly older readers than the individual Little People, BIG DREAMS books. Thirty -eight of the profiles were written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and two were by Lisbeth Kaiser.

The Treasury is divided into four distinct historical periods, each containing ten profiles of noted artists, designers, musicians, activists, actors, sports people, inventors, politicians, scientists, writers and the like. 

Each profile follows a set layout of four pages. The first page contains a summary for each dreamer and on its opposite page there is a portrait illustration accompanied by an inspirational quote. The next two pages show a personal timeline with more text and both illustrations and photographs along with their key dates from birth to either their death or the present day. In some profiles, other dreamers that are connected are mentioned.

Following the profiles there is a glossary, an index, and credits for the individual profiles. There is also a QCR code that links to further information, activity sheets, and notes for teachers. 

Overall, I found this an inspiring collection that even as an adult was a pleasure to read with the charming illustrations a treat for my eyes. I feel that it will appeal to parents and guardians, who are seeking to encourage an interest in history and biographical nonfiction in young readers. I would also expect it to be of interest to educators and librarians. 

Highly recommended.
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With brief overviews of 40 American dreamers, this book covers the lives and carreers of politicians, sports stars, writers and more. Each person has about 1/2 a page summary of their early life and accomplishments followed by a 2-page timeline of their life.

Some of the information is redundant (segregation is defined multiple times and thr timeliness often reiterate the overview) and many of the older subjects have other resources printed about them. The newer individuals, such as Steve Jobs and Amanda Gorman, don't make this a slam dunk for me.
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This is a collection of biographies in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series. Each person gets a page with a short description of their life, a page with a large portrait, and a two-page timeline of their entire life. It's all very educational and easy to read, although I think a hard copy of the book would be easier to read than the digital ARC I had. Yes, the hard copy costs much more, but it would make a wonderful gift for any child who is interested in reading biographies.
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This book delves into the lives of forty famous Americans who impacted history throughout the ages. It teaches about the lives of many well-known Americans, such as Michael Jordan, Dolly Parton, and Harriet Tubman, to some lesser-known Americans such as Laverne Cox, Wilma Mankiller, and Mae Jemison. 
Each famous person has a page that touches on their life and accomplishments, as well as a drawn picture with a quote from them. There are also two additional pages per person that gives a timeline of their life with additional facts. 

I love the books in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series, and think this collection is amazing also. I loved learning about people who I didn't know had roots in the US, as well as some that I had never heard of. While this book is geared towards children, I believe it is great for all ages. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is organized by time frames. There are 40 people within the book. There is a brief biography, timeline with pictures, and details. This is a good anthology of some of the books of the series.
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I definitely see this book for an older child as it does contain subject material not suitable for smaller children.  I do not know this does,  but like the layout of the book. 

It seems totally random how the people were chosen,  especially the more modern-day folks.
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Another great addition to this series, in a bright and colourful style that is so endearing to children. If you and your children like this series then definitely add it to your collection, or borrow it from your local library. Great to see modern icons like Ru Paul, Laverne Cox, Megan Rapinoe, and of course Michelle Obama on there,
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I absolutely love this series and this one is a knock out.  Instead of covering one person in under 30 pages this book covers 40 Americans.  For most there is an illustration with a quote, a biography page with 3-4 paragraphs, followed by a two page timeline of brief facts or events and it may include real photos.  It follows a chronological order beginning with Harriet Tubman and ending with Amanda Gorman.  Bonus kudos for diversity and having more than half be people of color.  There are entertainers, artists, athletes, politicians and others representing their field.  This is geared toward older elementary school or middle school readers and would be welcome on any home or library shelf.  Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group- Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the temporary ARC and I am leaving a voluntary review.
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What a wonderful presentation!
This compilation of my favorite series highlights 40 well known Americans who have shaped the perception of that country over the past 200 years. Each person has a minibio, cameo drawing, and an illustrated timeline of their life. Excellent!
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or your public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own."

Once again, the Little People Big Dreams hit the ball out of the park with Amarican Dreams. They include unique dreamers with their own unique gifts. I love the timeline from that goes beyond their achievements (if there is a beyond).
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merican Dreams
A Treasury of 40 Inspiring Americans
by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

#LittlePeopleBIGDREAMSAmericanDreams #NetGalley

I’ve reviewed many titles in this series. Here is something excellent for those who enjoy these stories of Little People with Big Dreams; it is a collection of that is organized chronologically beginning in 1880s and going through the 2000s.

Start with Harriet Tubman in the very first entry and in this section also meet Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald and others. The next part includes Iris Apfel and Elvis Presley among the entries. Move along to Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Mindy Kaling and Megan Rapinoe in their time periods along with so many inspiring people in the featured short biographies.

It is very easy to recommend this book. It is perfect for home and school libraries. Each entry is nicely laid out and enticingly illustrated; time lines are also included. This is a book that will be dipped into again and again.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 04 July 2023 (how appropriate!)
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My children and I love the Little People, BIG DREAMS books so this one was a special treat! This book is a compilation of stories about 40 inspiring Americans. I loved the wide range of people and careers spanning from the 1800s to 2000s. Each person has a biography and a timeline of their life. 

I highly recommend this book for school-aged children. It's both educational and fun to read. It would be a great book for new readers. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my honest review.
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This is my favorite children's series. I probably read about or knew of most of these people, but it's always nice to get a rehash. As always, the illustrations are brilliant. Obviously, the more recent people, e.g. Michelle Obama, The Rock, resonated with me more, but all in all, a great volume.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher.
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A fabulous treasury of some of the most popular Little People, Big Dreams titles! Children will be inspired no matter their interests. I always enjoy the illustrations and stories in this series. Parents will certainly love reading these as well. This would make a fantastic gift. 

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC. All thoughts are my own.
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We love these books. They have just enough information to get the little ones interested but none of the too big for them information. This book would be an amazing start to a little ones nonfiction library.
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The illustrations were well done and made the book interesting for my kid. My 5-year-old loved to pick out a photo of who she wanted to learn about next and liked the timeline page with a mix of illustration and photographs. She had a harder time paying attention to the main story page but it’ll be great to revisit those sections as she gets older!
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I have read most of, if not all individual books about the people in this book, from the same author.
And it's actually great having them all in one book.
They are all short and easy to understand, but are actually also very informative - even for adults..great book, that should be on every child's bookcase
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