by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Little Norma Jeane grew up between foster homes, an orphanage, and a family friend’s house—where she was forbidden to watch movies. Through her difficult childhood and teen years, she dreamed of becoming an actress. One day, a photographer spotted her and gave her a modelling contract, and from this day she was “Marilyn Monroe.” Though much-admired, she suffered from pre-performance anxiety, which was a challenge for her in her career. Her films grossed over $200 million but she was known to have said: “I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.” 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 star’s life.
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That was too short! I love this series so much. For this one, I like the contents. The cover isn't as appealing as the illustrations inside. I feel the book is just half done and there's another half coming. But well, that's it. Thank you, author/artist and the publisher, for the advance reading copy.
This entry in a favorite series tells the story of how Norma Jeane became Marilyn Monroe. Of course, adults know how complicated Monroe’s life was but this entry for children tells her story in a way that is appropriate for them. Children learn that Norma Jeane’s mother was ill so young Norma grew up in an orphanage and with foster families. Her early love of going to the movies, her first marriage at a young age and other details of Norma Jeane’s life are matter of factly told. Children see Norma rename herself Marilyn and become a movie star. Marilyn felt that she was realizing her big dream. Yet she did more. Marilyn was a trailblazer when she started her own production company. This entry in the series nicely tells Marilyn’s story. The illustrations beautifully accompany the text. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.
(finds out that Marilyn Monroe was not actually Marilyn Monroe's real name from a children's book) Well, you never stop learning, huh. Lovely, positive, inspiring!
I received an advance copy of, Marilyn Monroe, by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. This is a very good story for kids about Norma Jeane/Marilyn Monroe. Landing in an orphanage at age 7, getting married at 16, and them wanting to be a movie star.
Marilyn Monroe is the newest to be spotlighted in this latest edition of the Little People, BIG DREAMS series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. This series is such a delight and the perfect way to educate not just kids but everyone about historic and cultural icons. Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comedic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's sexual revolution.. This book portrays Monroe as she was raised in orphanages and foster families to her being one of the most famous actresses in the world and one of the first women to own a production company. Ana Albero illustrates this installment and does an amazing job. Albero's art style was so captivating and her art definitely further helped tell Monroe's story. This installment did a great job of educating me about a historical figure who I adore. I love collecting these books and am so thrilled to add this one to the rest of my collection. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This book is fabulous as a coffee-table book. It's a work of pop art in its own right! However, I wouldn't be in a hurry to give it to my child to read. As much as I admire Marilyn Monroe, I am not convinced that she is necessarily a fantastic role model for very young people. Many thanks for the opportunity to read and give honest feedback.
I think this book is about as close to her story as you can get for children. I like that it is just her rise to fame and doesn't cover anything after her first film. I also like how it doesn't shy away from her modeling career. The whole series of Little People Big Dreams is great! Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
It’s no surprise that I really loved this book, the Little people Big Dreams books are such a fantastic way for young people to read about the lives of many great people in the world and the Marilyn Monroe edition is no exception. Thai story talks us through the life and works of Marilyn Monroe with beautiful illustrations that have diversity of skin tone and representation something so important in books for young readers. The story is easy to follow and deals well with the calendar scandal event in Marilyn’s life giving a message of integrity and also shows how woman can gain a position of power to make change where change is needed. As with all Little People Dream Big books, the timeline at the end of the book shows real life photos and a timeline of events with dates for reference. I also love the additional reading listed at the end of this book for interested readers to delve further into the life of Marilyn Monroe. I honestly find these books so inspiring, I’m always happy to share them with my 8 year old and she is always bright eyed and engaged in the story. A great source of inspiration and a fabulous resource for reference Thank you to Netgalley and to Frances Lincoln for supplying me with an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review, I can’t wait to read more in the series.
Little People, Big Dreams by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara concentrate on past and present people who have made an impact on the world in one way or another. They are perfect for whetting the reader's appetite and giving them a snapshot of the icon's life story. I use the Little People, Big Dreams in my KS1 classroom and Marilyn Monroe's story will be no exception. There are so many lessons you can use these books in - English, History and PSHE. The illustrations are beautiful and they depict Marilyn well. The story covers certain aspects of Marilyn's life =- how she was discovered and how her dreams were made a reality. The timeline in the back of the book is a great addition as it gives further detail and the book recommendations also provide the reader with further information of where they can read more about Marilyn Monroe.
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered. These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable. I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures. This little book tells the story of Marilyn Monroe. the iconic movie star. It was a joy following her rise to fame and all the things she achieved.
An inspiring story about embracing your dreams and throwing everything behind it! Loved Marilyn's story.
This is a short summary of Marilyn Monroe's life and legacy for children and Middle Grade readers. I like the idea of this and showing the most human parts of her that so many in literature continue to deny her.
Marilyn Monroe is a great addition to the Little People Big Dreams series. I was familiar with Monroe, but not about her personal life and contributions. It was fascinating to learn about her journey to acting. Parents and children will enjoy this one! Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. Part of the Little People, Big Dreams series. Again, Sanchez Vegara's style is easy to follow for elementary readers. She introduces them to Monroe from her childhood through her acting career. Readers see Monroe's determination and intelligence behind the characters she chose to play on screen. Her childhood was not easy but it helped shape her future self. The timeline at the end includes further information about her life. Sanchez Vegara does not include the darker sides of her life and uses this book to offer readers the chance to see this woman succeed.
Little People, BIG DREAMS This is a good overview of the life of a woman who survived foster care and a too early marriage to become someone many people admired. I had no idea that she had formed her own production company before the age of thirty. As is appropriate for a book aimed to young folk, any disheartening aspects of her life are simply not mentioned. Like all of the books in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series which I've read, I loved it! The illustrations by Ana Albero are eye-catching and very well done. The language of the text is suitable for reading to young people and excellent for ESL. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
This series of books for little kids continues it's tradition of really nice offerings! I think my favorite thing about this particular book is the beautiful brightly colored, kid friendly, but reality oriented illustrations! They are so relatable/realistic, yet so fun! The text tells about Monroe in a way that kids will understand, & follow along with. Adults will enjoy reading this to the littles! This "Little People, BIG DREAMS" series is really 'top of the line'....& I recommend it to all! I received a complimentary e-copy of the book for review purposes from the Quarto Publishing Group-Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. These opinions are my own.
Marilyn Monroe by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara I love these great books for kids! Informative and interesting! I always have been a big admirer of Marilyn. I was so eager to get this book! I was wondering how it would address so many issues. Like all the books in the series, it did it tastefully and in a way kids could understand. This told the positive side of Marilyn's nature. Her drive to succeed when odds were against her. From orphanage and foster homes, failed marriage, to model, scandal, and finally a star. It showed how she worked hard to learn to sing, dance, and act, and even look the part by coloring her hair. She also changed her name. Once a star, she opened her own studio! The end shows the real pictures of her and more facts about her life. This is a great book for fans or kids interested in Marilyn. It's geared toward younger kids but I enjoyed it! ;) The art was pleasant and appealing. It followed the story nicely. I thought the cute little dog was a nice touch. I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this delightful book! The world is a sadder place without the bright and beautiful Marilyn!
*Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for allowing me to read the digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.* The “Little People, Big Dreams” series takes iconic celebrities of all kinds and tells their stories in a way that’s accessible for children. This one is about Marilyn Monroe. As a teacher, I love the books in this series. What a great way to introduce the biography genre to kids and encourage them to learn more about interesting, inspirational people! The illustrations are great and full of colour. The writing is easy to understand, and I feel it would keep kids’ attention. I thought this book was great!
This was just lovely. My daughter collects them and this has been added to her wish list ( she’s 20 and yes still wants them for Christmas) Illustrated do wonderfully and lovely to read .
A little girl was born Norma Jeane. She had a hard time growing up and had to stay at Orphanages and Foster Care. Movies were her big escape, she was able to dream of a different life and watch her favorite stars. She wanted to be a movie star, too. Unfortunately, she gets married at just 16 years old. Marilyn is working simple jobs and is discovered by a photographer. He takes all sorts of pictures of her. After, she is on the cover of over 20 magazines. Still, her heart wants more. So, Marilyn Monroe is born. She becomes a huge and beloved movie star. She used to love to entertain and went overseas to entertain the troups. I think this is because she understood loneliness and didn’t want others to feel that way. All the attention she got probably made her feel loved. A fact I did not know was Marilyn was the 1st woman to own a production company. In her roles, she was encouraged to look a certain way and often act dumb. She went along because she just wanted to keep getting movie roles. She did achieve her goal of having fans love her and understand her troubles. This was handled very tastefully. She was one of a kind and all these years later, everyone still knows her name. This was another incredible book in this series. For a child growing up not living with their family, Marilyn could be a heroine to them. S/he could see that just because life is difficult growing up, you can go on to be whatever you dream of. These books are terrific and belong in schools and libraries. Thank you NetGalley, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, and Francis Lincoln Children’s Books for offering me a copy of this book. I love to read these, so much appreciated.
I love the Little People Big Dreams series and this book is no exception! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is told in an age appropriate way. I will definitely be purchasing for my library.
This is true story of Marilyn Monroe through her difficult childhood to become a movie icon. Norma Jeane was raised in orphanage since her mother was sick. I think when she decided to dye her hair to a bright blonde, that was a right decision. ❤ I'm afraid that I'm not familiar with her acting and looking forward to watch them.
I love this series and the details that are in it about people that kids are not likely to know about. While it was simply written, it was tastefully done. Like always, I wanted to read more to learn even more.
Beautifully illustrated and what a short concise and encouraging story of living your truth everyday, even when you lose friends and those you love the most. This is so necessary for everyone to read in life. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Now this one I know. The famous Marilyn Monroe. But as usual, the author of this series highlight the good side of the famous person, to show the bright side kids can follow. Norma Jean was born into a weak-bodied mother, who then sent little Norma Jean to an orphanage. But that didn't discourage the girl to pursue her dreams. She followed her intuition to modelling, then to the film industry. Then changed her name into Marilyn Monroe. Even though she was a controversial person in her era, I admit that I admire her spirit.