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Stephen Hawking

(Pequeño & GRANDE #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  100 reviews
New in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Stephen Hawking, the genius physicist and author.

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
Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published October 17th 2018)
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2019
'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
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
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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.
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
Andrea Pole
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Stephen Hawking by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is another addition to the beloved Little People, BIG DREAMS series. While the quality of both the text and illustrations certainly lives up to the standard of excellence that we have come to expect from this wonderful series, I did find the story itself to be marginally scaled down and somewhat simplistic compared to previous books. Once again, however, I applaud the author's success at taking a complex lifetime of achievement and paring down the ...more
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
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

What a lovely book and genious way of introducing such influential people who have made a difference to the world, to children.
A simple but meaningful book for children with a lovely quote of inspiration at the end.
This is the second book in this series I have read and I cannot wait to read the rest shortly.
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.
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.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available on February fourth, 2020.

My toddler loves historical figures. His favorites are the U.S. Presidents (any of them: he has yet to decide his party), but he is interested in other figures as well. Not too long ago, I told him I had a secret to tell him. I whispered “I love you” and he whispered back, “Ibn Batutta.” I jumped at the chance to read this book about an important person with
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
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
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Absolutely adore these books they are my favourite, so beautiful, empowering to any age, informative but well done and not boring in any way at all. These should be available in all schools and libraries

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book for younger kids to know more about Stephen Hawking. I used this book to get my kids excited about reading more about him, which worked because my littles want to know more about Hawking Radiation! These are good picture books, we plan on reading more in the series.
Steff Pasciuti
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 ...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 ...more
Sarah- Pupsandprose
I loved this little book on Stephen Hawkins and his life! The illustrations are beautiful, bold, and eye catching. I think children will be drawn to this book because of its bold colors.

And, of course, I loved that the book highlights Stephen’s successes and accomplishments. I always enjoy books that expose kids to individuals that may look different from them- in this case a person in a wheelchair. The book makes sure to explain that being in a wheelchair is not his defining characteristic and
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, in exchange for an honest review.

I'm always so glad to have the chance to read these amazing little books. I was really interested in learning more about Stephen Hawking after seeing the movie "The Theory of Everything" and I'm glad that now children will have the chance to learn a lot about the strength and the wonderful soul of this amazing man. I
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Again, I don’t have much to say that I haven’t already said in my previous two reviews on “David Attenborough” and “Martin Luther King, Jr.” However, I will say, the writing in this addition to the series makes MUCH more sense as a board book. Again, this one would serve as an excellent introduction to a lesson on who Stephen Hawking is, but to a much younger audience. I can also see younger
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephen Hawking, for me, always was the very skinny guy in a wheelchair, slightly creepy because he needed a machine to speak. And then, suddenly, he wasn't there anymore.
He was one of those people of whom I knew what they did, but only in very vague terms because their work is beyond me. So it is nice to have his life and his work broke down to very simple facts, and maybe go from there, one day. This book gives me the feeling that, if paced correctly, I can understand Mr. Hawking's work. And I
Lel Budge
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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”
January Gray
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do your child/children (and yourself) a favor, and buy this entire collection! It is educational without feeling like learning is being shoved down their throats. Very, very nice books!!
Donna Maguire
This is another brilliant addition to this series – even as an adult I look out for the next book in the series being released. I love the images in this series and this is a delightful introduction to Stephen Hawking, one of the most amazing minds we have had.

They are excellent introductions to some of the well-known, and less well-known, characters that have had a great impact in our lives through a variety of subjects such as literature, women’s rights and science. Stephen is an inspiration
Megan Schmelzer
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While scanning through the books on NetGalley, I stumbled across this awesome new board book series for babies and toddlers. The vibrant, yet simple, covers displaying historical women that I have grown up learning caught my eye, and it instantly drew me to dig in and see what this series is all about.

Through my reading and my post-reading research, I have learned that Little People, Big Dreams is aseries that focuses on introducing the youngest of readers to amazing, wonderful women that have
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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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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