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Simone de Beauvoir: Little People, Big Dreams - Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
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Published October 30th 2018
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simeone de beauvoir, Little People Big Dreams, children's books, non fiction for kids, philosophy, feminist


This picture book by Isabel Sanchez Vegara is designed to introduce young children to the life of revolutionary writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. De Beauvoir's philosophy is a bit of an ambitious topic to cover in a children's book, so the book really just concentrates on the events of her life, and even in light of this, I think parts of the text would go over the head of young children. Other parts are oddly inaccurate. The author describes de Beauvoir as the "mother of feminism" and says she "became a feminist before the word even existed", which I found odd since the word was used in the 1800s, before de Beauvoir was born, and the suffrage movement had been underway for some time.

The book is illustrated with simple, childlike drawings by Christine Roussey, which are unfortunately not as appealing as those in some of the other books in the Little People, Big Dreams series.

This is not my favourite book in the series, but it had lofty goals, and will at least serve to introduce children to the existence of Simone de Beauvoir, which could be a starting point for further reading about her life and philosophy, though that might be better suited to an older child (around 10 or so) than this book seems to be aimed at.



Disclaimer:
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: October 2, 2018
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