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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published December 25th 2019
The Mother of Modern Science Fiction led an interesting life
Little People, Big Dreams: Mary Shelley
Vegara & Bryksenkova. Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Little People, Big Dreams: Mary Shelley is a children's picture book that chronicles the amazing life of Mary Shelley, an English novelist and the creator of Frankenstein.

Little People, Big Dreams: Mary Shelley is part of the critically acclaimed bestselling educational series of children's books and games, Little People, Big Dreams. The series explores the lives of influential people, both living and passed, who achieved great things in their life. The goal of the books is to provide role models to children and to encourage them to follow their dreams.

Little People, Big Dreams: Mary Shelley was published on 1 October 2019 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. It is 32 pages long and suited for children between 3 and 7 years old. It was written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova.

Mary Shelley (30 August 1797 1 February 1851) was the daughter of William Goodwin, an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstonecraft, an English writer, philosopher and renowned feminist. Mary Shelley was William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft's only child. Wollstonecraft died a month after giving birth to Mary, leaving her father to raise her.

William raised his daughter to love reading, writing, science and the arts. As a teenage girl, Mary would spend hours at her mother's grave, reading her mother's published books and writing her own stories. When she was a young woman, Mary met a famous poet called Lord Byron at a party, who encouraged her to try and write a horror story. Mary was an avid reader and had an interest in science. At the time, scientists had just discovered that the brain uses electricity to move the human body, which Mary thought was really interesting. Mary started work on her story, then one night she had a terrible dream, featuring a creature made out of dead body parts. The next morning, she began to write Frankenstein,a story about a horrible monster made out of body parts who is brought to life by an electric shock.

Frankenstein became an instant classic and is considered among many to be one of the greatest horror novels ever written. The book was originally published anonymously in January 1818, because it was thought at the time that a woman could never have written such a terrifying story. But now everyone knows Mary Shelley's name and she is considered to be the Mother of Modern Science Fiction.

Little People, Big Dreams: Mary Shelley is a delightful little book that does a good job chronicling Mary's life and even includes a biographical timeline at the back of the book with historical photos and a summary of Mary's life and achievements.
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Why? Learn all about the life of Mary Shelley, a writer, feminist and political activist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein, which has been called the greatest horror novel ever written.
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