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Stephen Hawking

(Pequeño & GRANDE #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  47 reviews
When Stephen Hawking was a little boy, he used to stare up at the stars and wonder about the universe. Although he was never top of the class, his curiosity took him to the best universities in England: Oxford and Cambridge. It also led him to make one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the 20th century: Hawking radiation. This inspiring story of the brilliant physic ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Lincoln Children's Books (first published October 17th 2018)
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Toni
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, children
'They all ate dinner with a knife, a fork, and the company of a good book'.
I KNEW that was the secret of becoming a genius :-)

'No matter how difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at'.

‘Little people, big dreams’ is bound to become my next favourite series. I loved the quirky style of the illustrations- so colourful and engaging. The high quality of artwork is matched by the informative and entertaining text, simple and accessible even to a very young child. I c
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Hilary
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
The story of Stephen Hawking's life told in an interesting way with bright and colourful illustrations. I like this series when the illustrations work well and the subject is a person who's story can be included for children to read without having to censor major events because of the young target age this series is intended for. The style of illustration was okay but I didn't like the simplified faces, this meant occasionally I wasn't sure who was being shown in the drawing and you couldn't gag ...more
Emma
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known people for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable.
I know quite a lot about Stephen Hawking's life but it is always inspiring to read about his achievements considering that most of them happened when his illness had already started ta
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Kristy K
Another great addition to Little People, Big Dreams. I always like that the include a short, extended bio at the end. It’s nice for the adults and older children who may read this to their toddlers.
Manybooks
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara's introduction to famed British astro-physicist Stephen Hawking is one of the rare positive instalments I have so far encountered in the Little People, Big Dreams series. Presenting a simple but still more than detailed enough portrait of Stephen Hawking's life (from his childhood in Oxford to his stellar university career which even his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis could not hamper and destroy), Stephen Hawking is sufficiently informative to present an ...more
Madison
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I have heard great things about the Little People, Big Dreams series, so I was eager to read this instalment which features the great scientist Stephen Hawking.

The book covers the major details of his life from birth, a childhood where he struggled in school and yet excelled in questioning and discovering, to his life in university, including the onset of the disease that would so impact his physicality and great discoveries he made. At the conclusion of the story is a slightly more detailed bio
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La Coccinelle
I've seen books from this series pop up from time to time on my Goodreads feed, but I'd never tried one before. This particular book is about the British physicist Stephen Hawking.

As a biography aimed at kids, it's pretty good. I didn't learn anything I hadn't known before (since I've seen The Theory of Everything, the biopic based on the memoir by his wife) but the book laid out his life and accomplishments in a nice, easy-to-understand format. There's a timeline in the back that offers a littl
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Mel (Epic Reading)
The Little People, Big Dreams children's series is primarily full of famous women from history. However there are a few noted men included; and instead of being Presidents or your average successful white male they chose some people that I think are more inspiring for children. In this edition we get Stephen Hawking.
Hawking is a man I have untold respect for. To live your life with virtually no ability to do anything yourself and yet still be able to show others that you have abnormally high in
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Martina
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The ‘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.
“Instea
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Lana
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful children’s book on Stephen Hawking’s life. It gives you a glimpse into his childhood before he was diagnosed with a debilitating disease and shows readers how he continued to look to the stars even when he wasn’t given much time to live.
This is an easy to read little children’s book. I plan to have my homeschooler read it tomorrow and hope to track down the entire series, I just love it!
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto for this e-copy, my opinions are my own.
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a huge science-fan when I saw this one on NetGalley I simply had to download it! This is exactly a book I would love to dive in with my kid (once I'll have one)! It's very short, with very simple and short text - well, it's a picture book. It's definitely suitable for only very little kids, toddlers. In itself, at least. I can imagine telling a more detailed story about Hawking to a bit older child - I think when an adult reads it with them, adds things, and it's possible to discuss, than it ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
The Little People, Big Dreams series is always a joy to read. It is a great introduction to well-known people for young children. Most of the books in this series highlight women, but there are a few great male role models included, Stephen Hawking being a great choice. It was inspiring to read about his achievements considering that most of them happened when his illness had already started taking control of his body. This is definitely a nice introduction to the life of one of the most importa ...more
Steff
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would be requesting Stephen Hawking by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrates by Matt Hurst the second that I first saw it. I've always loved the man and the contributions he made for science and so to see how he's being introduced to and talked about among the kids of this generation is something I'm definitely interested in. And I'm really glad to have gotten the chance to read this one. Of late, I've seen a number of books out there introducing c ...more
Jennifer Margeson
A thoughtfully written and illustrated biography of Stephen Hawking designed for little learners. I have previously reviewed other books in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series, and I equally enjoyed this one! Stephen Hawking's story is inspirational for everyone! It clearly would work well in an early childhood classroom, and I think I can use it as a bell ringer activity on "grit" and perseverance (or other core learning skill) in a middle or high school classroom; not just his ALS but the f ...more
Lel Budge
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series of books and Stephen Hawking is no exception.

This tells the story of his life, his health, his sheer determination and his science in such a charming way with beautiful naive illustrations. Children and adults alike will love the rhythm of the story and will learn something too.

“No matter how difficult life may seem there is always some you can do and succeed at”
Storywraps
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. Every single book that I have read and reviewed from it is inspirational, information and perfect for that targeted age group. I love to highlight them whenever I can because I want to encourage you to have a collection of these stellar books.

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford to a very eccentric and intellectual family. " His parents loved science, as did Stephen and his three siblings. They all ate dinner with a knife, a fork, and the company of a good book."

When he was
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Annie
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Stephen Hawking is a new biography for young readers in the Little People, Big Dreams series. I've reviewed a number of these titles and I'm always impressed and enchanted by how much detail they manage to include in these little books in an age-appropriate and accessible manner.

Released 7th Feb 2019 by Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it's 32 pages and available in hardcover, and ebook formats.

Written by Isabel Sánchez Vegara it's well wri
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Rhyllis Bignell
Stephen Hawking’s life was truly amazing and this Little People, Big Dreams biography opens up his life and scientific endeavours to a younger generation. Vagara presents the key facts, milestones, accomplishments and personal struggles in an enjoyable and relatable style. ‘Children are sponges absorbing the world around them,’ is her impetus for writing these biographies. Hawking’s life is pleasingly portrayed by Matt Hunt’s crisp, linear digital illustrations where dark skies shimmer with star ...more
Theediscerning
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half neutron stars.

This is part of a series that has survived for years now without introducing its young readers to any male people of note. Now, two men have encroached – Muhammad Ali and Stephen Hawking. It's a perfectly reasonable primer to the man, with the script barely featuring more than two sentences per spread. The simplifying of things does make a little of the text at the level of platitudes ("Instead of looking down at his feet, Stephen decided to look up at the stars. Ma
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Elaine Mullane
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, childrens-books, arc
The Little People, Big Dreams series shares the lives of extraordinary people through adorable, quirky illustrations and simple language. Each person represented has had an incredible impact on the world, but started life as a child with a dream.

"Instead of looking down at his feet, Stephen decided to look up at the stars."

This brilliant and moving addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series tells the fascinating and remarkable story of Stephen Hawking. Recounting his early days in school i
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Wayne McCoy
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Stephen Hawking' by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara with illustrations by Matt Hunt is a board book in the Little People, Big Dreams series of board books for little readers.

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford to an eccentric family. Meals would include a good book being read by everyone. Stephen was never the head of his class, but he was quite brilliant and his curiosity came before schoolwork. He was diagnosed with a paralyzing illness, and that's when he became more focused in his studies.

I'm a fan
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Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)
'Instead of looking down at his feet, Stephen decided to look up at the stars. Maybe he couldn't control his body, but in order to study the universe, all he needed was his mind.'

This short story is inspirational for children growing up. Despite Stephen's early diagnosis of ALS, he threw himself into his studies, determined not to be defined or restricted by his illness.He wasn't the smartest student, but his curiosities and hard work were enough for him to solve mysteries in the world. This is
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Gianna
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Part of the Little People, Big Dreams series, here comes another wonderful addition: the life of Stephen Hawking, simplified enough for children to understand and yet magical enough to inspire!

This is the life of one of 21st century's greatest minds laid out in simple, yet smart storytelling. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this is the perfect way to help children get familiar with Hawking
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Steffy
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Hawking's story is the first one of the Little People & Big Dreams series that I've ever read. The illustrations are absolutely darling. I kept flickering back to the pages because they were drawn so wonderfully quirky and adorable. As an adult, the given information was known to me, and I think they were explained easily enough for children to grasp an idea of what Mr. Hawking did. The timeline at the end was very informative as well. What a splendid little book! Absolutely charming ...more
Anna-Maria
How lovely that there's this sweet little book in remembrance of Stephen Hawking now. One that doesn't leave out the sad parts of this true story and, despite that, manages to deliver a message of pure positivity. And very easy to follow even for kids, I believe. Probably one of my favourites from the series!

*I received a digital copy through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Etienne
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book that present important person with short story/biography and I had huge respect for Stephen Hawking and what he achieves has a person and as a scientist. In our modern world there is a big need to show kids great person that achieve things and were not just popular or known because they post picture on Instagram and this book des that very well. Great job!!
Tesha Ham
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore the books from this collection! The art is beautiful, and the lives of these influential figures are condensed in a kid-friendly way. They are fun to read and teach children about some amazing role models that made huge impacts on our lives.

I voluntarily read and received a free ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Curious Reader
Amazing book. I love the way it was illustrated. Just Beautiful.
Would recommend it to any kids.
Thank you for the arc NetGalley.
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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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