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Coco Chanel

(Pequeña & GRANDE #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  105 reviews
In this new series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The first book follows Coco Chanel, from her early life in an orphanage - where she is a genius with needle and thread - to her time as a cabaret singer, hat maker ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 4th 2016 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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An overview of the life of Coco Chanel. A nice enough book, the illustrations are okay but not as good as some in the series. A line or two of text on each page.

After goodreads friends have pointed out some of the facts that are missing from this book such as the fact Coco Chanel was accused of being a nazi collaborator, I'm rating this 2 rather than 3 stars. So many books from this series have unpleasant facts omitted or glossed over, the accusations certainly should have been mentioned in the
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Very nice 'gateway' book for someone who knows nothing about Coco Chanel.
Coco Chanel is the first instalment of Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara's Little People, Big Dreams series, and from a narrational point of departure, it presents a basic but definitely thorough enough introduction to both Coco Chanel's unhappy childhood as an orphan in France and how her talent for sewing, how her sense of and for fashion and her determination to prove that women should not (or rather no longer) be forced to wear restrictive and painful corsets revolutionised both the fashion indust ...more
Audrey Laurey
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-stuff
I love this new "Little People, Big Dreams" series. All feature a different woman in history, her achievements, and biographical information you might not already know.

Though the series have the same author, the illustrators vary and also seem to be in touch with the personal style of the individual being featured in the biography. Just take a look at the covers of this as well as the Frida Kahlo bio to see the stylized differences.

A beautiful series telling genuine stories about weirdos and o
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo are two of the subjects of Isabel Sánchez Vegara and Ana Albero’s ‘A First Introduction To…’ series of lovely little board books – clearly aimed at the younger reader (or the younger ‘read to’).

Essentially, these and other ‘First Introduction’ books are simplified versions of Vegara / Albero’s ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ book series. Both series’ of books provide basic but lovely introductions to the lives and achievements of inspirational women. There are pl
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ya gurl is craving some children's literature as it seems. :> Not sure why but every time I go to my local bookshop now I cannot restrain myself and need to read one of the Little People, Big Dreams-biographies. I'll be through that series in no time, just you wait. ;)

The installment on Coco Chanel was my least favorite so far. The information which Sánchez chose to display were quite boring; they could have been presented in a more exciting manner, highlighting the importance of Chanel's wo
* I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

This series aims to inform children about some interesting people who had big dreams and show them that these dreams can be achieved if you try. This particular book focuses on Coco Chanel who I knew little about before reading this (other than that she was involved in fashion) and so this was an excellent start point to finding out about her.

These books are also all illustrated with lovely artwork and full page spr
The best part of this book was the black and white striped endpapers, a design Coco would have used.
This was first published in Spain in 2014, perhaps it has lost something in its publication in the US. There really isn't enough information to call this a biography. Perhaps a biography of Coco Chanel is not appropriate for children and no this doesn't contain any inappropriate details of Coco's life, but it is boring and even the illustrations are stiff. In one illustration instead of having Cha
Rating: 4 stars

2016 Reading Challenge: A book translated to English

I was lucky enough to be in the bookstore Shakespeare & Company in Paris a few weeks ago and while roaming the beautiful shelves of the shop I was trying to find the perfect book to buy there to keep it as a memento of my visit and in the childrens section I found this gem, the story of one of Paris biggest icons, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. The book shows with few words and beautiful illustrations the outstanding life of Coco C
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cute little kids book is an introduction to a world renowned designer whose life, though quite controversial, was very interesting. Having read her biography once before, I wondered how they would tame her life story into a children's book but I have to say the authors and illustrators did a fabulous job to tell her story through sequential art and few words. The drawings reminded me of the cartoon "Madeleine". Quick read, definitely suitable to read to a younger audience. Special thanks to ...more
Stacy Fetters
Coco is an icon who we can all love. I've been excited about this book for quite some time now and was so super excited when it arrived for me today.

The illustrations were beautiful and elegant but the story felt like a tug of war. It jumped too quickly while I wanted to embrace what was being said.

For the illustrations, this was amazing but the story didn't do it for me.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, picture-books
Coco said that you can be unique and comfortable in your clothes, so long corsets!
Jenna Mills
Remeney has been so excited to read this one, and of course it's a lovely book. It seems a very strange choice for them though. Nobody is all good or all bad obviously, but you would have thought that being a Nazi agent would rule you out of a book like this.
Natalie Carbery
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-thank-you, kid, french
First, I would like to touch on the positives. The art was interesting and the book read well to children.

My real issue with this book is the subject.

Coco Chanel was a horrible person and is an even worse icon for young girls. I have no issue with fashion icons being used in books for little girls, we all have our own interests and values. What I do take issue with is glorifying a woman who turned World War Two into an opportunity to hurt her employees (4,000 women lost their jobs during war t
Originally posted on Jo's Scribbles.

The Little People, Big Dreams series from Frances Lincoln is a series telling the stories of well known women, and the dreams they had as children, showing that children can one day achieve their dreams, no matter what they might be. They cover the hardships these women faced, but keep the stories appropriate for the readership. Each story also includes a short biography with photographs of the women.

Coco Chanel's story tells of how young Gabrielle grew up in
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coco Chanel is part of the Little People, BIG DREAMS series. This children’s biography is written in a format that is easy to read and comprehend. Readers learn about Coco Chanel’s life and inspiration, all while learning a very important lesson – it is okay to be unique. This book also shows readers that with hard work, you can accomplish your dreams no matter who you are or where you come from. An added bonus is the additional biographical information and pictures at the end of the story. A co ...more
Cat Fithian
I really like the message of putting your ideas out there, even if they're different. Brava.
Love this stylish series. Perfect beginnng bios.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect book for my collection of Chanel books!
Meet Coco Chanel- a young girl who is a bit different, but paves the way in women's fashion. Great for lower elementary readers
Chloe Chance
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Coco became a really famous person and her close and stuff are still popular
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The illustrations are wonderful and I learned so much about Coco Chanel that I didn't know before! That being said, all I knew about her was that she was a famous designer and has a perfume line, but it was a nice small biography of how she got started and where she got the name Coco. It's an easy read so I read it pretty fast, but it's a great book! I loved the timeline and the little photographs of Chanel at the end.
This series is good enough that I want to see whichever titles are released. Coco Chanel's story of rising to be an iconic fashion designer and businesswoman gives the author and illustrator a fascinating subject to work with. The inside covers are black and white vertical stripes in classic Chanel style. Ana Albero is the illustrator. The book designers for the series must be having lots of fun creating their own stylish brand while telling women's stories.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are divine and the main reason I was drawn to it (other than being a huge Chanel fan). Ideal for children or adults’ who enjoy beautiful, collectible coffee table books-this treasure is a keeper.
Jennifer Strong
Coco Chanel, the famous clothing designer, started out as a young orphan named Gabrielle. She was different. At the convent she grew up in, rather than playing like the other girls, she would sew with a needle and thread. When she was older she worked for a tailor and sang on stage. The audience nicknamed her, "Coco." Using her sewing skills she opened a hat shop in Paris and later designed clothes for women that were more comfortable than corsets. Though her designs seemed radical to begin with ...more
Brittany Loyer
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This biography, recommended for ages 4-8, follows the life of a young girls named Gabrielle Chanel. You might know her as Coco Chanel, one of the most famous fashion designers that ever lived. Isabel Sanchez Vegara follows Coco through her struggles as an artist starting in her early years as an orphan living in a convent and following her life through to fame. This book shows that Coco was always different than others but she knew what she liked and she wasn’t going to let anyone get in the way ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bravo to the people who came up with the concept for these picture books.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great person for a beginning biography. Don’t see many titles about her. My question while reading is how did she get people to accept her hats, then clothes if it was so different.
OMG this is such a cute book. I learned so much about Coco Chanel. I know this is for kids but I'm an adult and I loved this. Would definitely buy this book or even the series for a little girl. The illustrations are lovely. I love the message that it was Coco's uniqueness that made her who she was. I like that there a picture of her drawing on the chalkboard writing her famous quote about being different. The writing is fun and easy to understand. Educational, delightful, beautiful and pink! 5 ...more
Teri Reck
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful series of children's books featuring women who have made outstanding contributions to science, art, literature and to society in general. They all start with a young girl with a big dream and then proceed to tell how they achieved it. They are beautiful picture books that would make wonderful gifts.
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Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director perhaps best known as the author of much of the Little People, Big Dreams series. Each book tells the childhood story of one of the world's female icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, allowing them to identify with the characters in each story.

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