Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

by Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Daria Solak


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New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Dolly Parton, the singer-songwriter and businesswoman.

Little Dolly grew up in Tennessee in a family "as poor as dirt." She started performing at an early age, singing on local radio and television. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams. Her managers wanted her to sing pop, but she followed her heart to sing and write country songs. Her heart was right—Dolly became a musical superstar, but she never forgot where she came from. She now uses her wealth to give back to people, children, and animals in need. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer's life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786037602
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Little People, BIG DREAMS Series , #32
Edition description: New
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 133,737
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture. 

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Dolly Parton 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 14 days ago
I just wish this series had been around when I was teaching. These beginning biographies of famous people have just enough information not to overwhelm young people, yet give a basic overview of their lives. This wonderful addition to the series features country music star, Dolly Parton. It touches on the major points of her life, how her dreams and the support of her family helped her launch her career, and adds what she did to give back. It also shows that making it big does not mean you should forget where you came from. I also like that it emphasized how she did not let people's opinions change what she enjoyed, such as wearing her wigs and makeup. Children are very important to Dolly Parton, so I think this book is an especially good fit for this series about following your dreams. One thing I did not know about Dolly, was that she started the Imagination Library, where children receive books in the mail from the time they are born until they begin school. Another way she shows how important children are as well as reading and education. These books have just a few sentences of text per page, complemented by quirky illustrations that will attract children to these books. I normally enjoy the illustrations, but I am a big Dolly Parton fan and this time, they did not appeal to me as much, but that is my personal preference. I can't praise this series enough. If you have the opportunity, check out this book, better yet, check out the series and recommend it to your local library or school library or buy them for the children in your life. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Isabelle Wagner 20 days ago
I have always been a fan of Dolly Parton due to both her music and her love of sharing books. I'm glad that with Dolly Parton by Isabel Sanchez Vegara I now have a chance to share her story with the children in my life. I really enjoyed the illustrations by Daria Solak as well. This is the first book I have read out of this series and I am looking forward to reading many more.
sspea 30 days ago
I really like these little books. I think they are cute and interesting for kids, and send a strong and positive message. These books are a go-to gift !
Storywraps 3 months ago
First of all let me say that I love Dolly Parton personally and I am so excited to see that this series now includes a short biography on her amazing life. She is girl-power on steroids with the ability to inspire those around her. I love all her talents as a singer and songwriter and especially her ability as a savvy business woman. Dolly grew up in the foothills of Tennessee's great Smokey Mountains, with her 11 siblings. Her family"was poor as dirt." They didn't have much but Dolly was gifted with the ability to sing and compose songs, accompanied by her guitar, at a very early age. She dreamed of "jumping onstage with high heels". She was 10 years old when she started singing on a local radio and television station. After high school she set out to fulfill her dreams and headed for Nashville. She loved country music and that is the genre that made her a superstar. She is known worldwide for her musical prowess and being a very generous philanthropist. She has won many music awards, has sung with the most popular music artists, starred in motion pictures, and is founder of a special children's library, "Imagination Library" which sends books to kids in need all over the world. And if that is not enough, ( and it certainly wasn't for this visionary woman), she built a theme park and has become the most successful woman in show business. She has a wonderful sense of humour and loves lifting people up and encouraging them to celebrate themselves. This condensed version of her life has fun, quirky illustrations and includes a biographical timeline with photos and facts about the entertainer's life. Dolly Parton is a true icon and positive role model for young kids everywhere. I highly, highly recommend the book.
CharJones2525 3 months ago
Love, love, love the Little People, BIG DREAMS series and in this just published bio for kids, Dolly comes fully to life in the colorful illustrations and text. 5/5 Pub Date 04 Jun 2019. Thanks to the author, Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens Books, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #DollyParton #NetGalley
ALTaylor 3 months ago
Isabel Sanchez Vegara does it again, and this time with the support of illustrator, Daria Solak. One of the best series to come out of KidLit in the last few years is ‘Little People, BIG DREAMS.’ While most nonfiction books for children typically pick well know historical figures as their subjects, LPBD highlights Women, People of Color, Scientists, and Artists. The newest title, and my very favorite so far, lets us discover and adore Dolly Parton. Even I, a long-time fan, learned a few things about her while reading, such as, her regular slot on a local radio station at the age of 10 or that her husband’s name is Carl. (How did I not already know that?) This book truly shows its readers what an unstoppable force Dolly is. Her kindness shines through in everything she does, whether it’s the work she does for her own community, or providing books for children all over the world, or showing us all how to be happy with yourself, just as you are. Dolly Parton is a true role model. So THANK YOU Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Daria Solak, & Frances Lincoln for telling the children her story. Thank You to Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children's Books & NetGalley for the digital copy of this book to review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a good read but it was really sparse and it doesn't really talk about all Dolly has done. This felt thin and weak in comparison to the other books in this series. I loved the artwork and considered that the strong point of this book.
LawladyCase 4 months ago
What a fun, informative book. I have followed Dolly since the 60s and figured I knew a lot about her. I was wrong. This book begins with Dolly and her eleven siblings. It progresses throughout her life discussing her musical and business success. I loved the writing and illustrations. It is written in a clear but informative manner. It is perfect for a young reader. Some of the words are difficult but with an adult, the child should be successful in pronouncing them. The illustrations are colorful and fun. The accompanying pictures are made with markers and are realistic without being photographic. They appear to have been drawn by a child (this may not be true, but the concept is there). I just love the happy expressions and detailed backgrounds. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Dolly, likes country music or want to just have a fun read. I received an ARC from Quartz Publishing through a wish on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book is a new entry in the wonderful Little People,Big Dreams series. It tells the story of Dolly Parton, a young girl who wanted to sing. Dolly grew up in a large family with ten sisters and brothers. An uncle helped her to get her start in music. Young readers will learn about Dolly's passion for country music, her evolution to pop, her entrepreneurial spirit and her desire to give back. All in all, an inspiring story. The delightful illustrations add a spirit of happiness to the narrative. As always, there is a timeline with photographs at the end of the book. There are additional facts about Ms. Parton there. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto for this e galley in exchange for an honest review. I always look forward to new entries in this series. They make for inspirational reads and should be on school and library shelves.
RicohReads 4 months ago
Such a wonderful series and Dolly well deserves he place among these formidable and successful women. The stories are simple and give the basic facts that propel someone to success. Dolly came from a big family and never forgot her upbringing and core values. Her musicianship was unparalleled and as a woman she had courage and business sense to go solo and forge herself a unique place in the hearts of country and musical fans. In addition she has given so much back to the world beyond her singalong lyrics and catchy tunes. This book gets you wanting more and rushing for more deeply researched biographies and Dolly’s own spin on her life. A legend and a talent we should all appreciate.