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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Review: Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawking

Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawking gives young readers a glimpse into the life of one of the most incredible scientific thinkers of the 20th and 21st centuries, and insights into some of the challenges he faced.

The story begins with Stephen Hawking as a young boy with an incredible curiosity about our universe. Readers may be surprised to discover that Stephen, who later became one of the greatest physicists of our time, did not always excel at school as his curiosity sometimes got in the way of his studies, but he continuously followed his dreams.

When Stephen was studying at University, he developed some weakness and clumsiness. He was diagnosed with a rare condition and told he may only have a few years to live.

He had to overcome many obstacles to continue his studies and his scientific work, never really knowing what the future might bring. He soon needed an electronic wheelchair to move around and technology to help him to speak.

Despite these challenges, with the support of his family, he continued his scientific work, wrote books and gave talks to people all over the world. He went on to propose theories about space and black holes that have changed the understanding of our universe.

Stephen Hawking died on 14 March 2018, at 76 years old, having lived for many more years than was ever predicted.

This book is an excellent addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series, which features many inspirational people.

Another recent title featuring this exceptional man is The Extraordinary Life of Stephen Hawkingwhich delves further into his life and would suit middle-grade readers.

Title: Little People, Big Dreams: Stephen Hawking
Author: Isabel Sánchez Vegara
Illustrator: Matt Hunt
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, $19.99
Publication Date: 4 February 2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781786037329
For ages: 4+
Type: Junior Non-Fiction Picture Book


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