Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

by Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Raquel Martin


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From the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Maria Montessori, the pioneering teacher and researcher.

Maria grew up in Italy at a time when girls didn't receive an equal education to boys. But Maria's mother was supportive of her dreams, and Maria went on to study medicine. She later became an early childhood expert—founding schools with her revolutionary educational theories and changing the lives of many children. 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 educator'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: 9781786037558
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Little People, BIG DREAMS Series , #28
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 74,824
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. 

Raquel Martín and is a freelance illustrator from Barcelona living in the beautiful island of Minorca. Her work has appeared in different publications and she also makes illustrations for her own shop catalogue.

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Maria Montessori 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 10 months ago
Maria Montessori is a great choice for the Little People, Big Dreams series. As with all the others, it gives a condensed and accessible account of Maria Montessori's life for young children. She was born in Italy when girls didn't receive the same type of education as boys. As well, the majority of instruction and learning was rote, boring. There was little or no opportunity for creativity or person discovery. After dealing with a lot of barriers, she studied to become the first female in Italy to become a doctor. Working with disabled children, she developed new teaching methods to help them reach their potential. Ideas that are still used today to help children become curious and responsible human beings. This is a great addition to the series, as this informative book gives children the opportunity to learn about someone who worked hard, persevered and dedicated their lives to helping others. Once again the quirky illustrations added much to the story and give the reader/listener a lot to discuss. This series gives today's children many positive role models as well as inspiration to this generation to change the world. I recommend that this book and series be in all public and school libraries. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Martina Rossi 12 months ago
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ‘My First 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. This one is about Maria Montessori, an incredible and amazing woman: in a time when the world was ruled by men, she stood up for herself and became the first woman in Italy to study medicine. Maria developped a revolutionary educational method in order to help children learn. This method is now used everywhere. This little book is an adorable way for children to learn about some of the educational methods they use.
Storywraps 12 months ago
This book is another great inspirational addition to the "Little People BIG DREAMS" series. Maria grew up in Italy at a time when girls didn't receive equal education to boys. Her supportive mother saw to it that she got a good education and supported her daughter's dreams. Maria, displaying great intellect, went on to study medicine. Later on in life she became an expert in early childhood education. Her ideas were revolutionary at the time and kids all over the world benefited from them. She made learning interactive and fun and as a result kids began to love learning in these innovative learning centres that Maria founded. The illustrations are colourful and enrich the simple text. The book includes a mini bio of Maria Montessori to help kids learn more about this creative hands-on educator. If you look around where you live there may be centres using the Montessori method of learning right near you. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Considered ~ Attractive ~ Age-Appropriate tl;dr: Learning is fun This book about Montessori is wonderful, and while I knew the name, frankly, I learned some stuff about her. I had no idea about her life, and her family, or her particular work. Her impressive life was condensed into this sweet book with sweet illustrations. Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
LadyInRead More than 1 year ago
For this book: I thought I fairly knew who she was but this picture book, in a few short pages, proved me wrong! Both my kids attended Montessori preschools for a couple of years before we moved them to one that was closer by. We and they enjoyed their time at these schools; as do so many other kids across the world. Maria Montessori, before she developed this worldwide network of schools was the first girl in Italy to study medicine …..:) and I learned this from this LPBD book! In Summary: (for all the LPBD books featured on my blog post with this one LadyInReadWrites ) These books are adorable, admirable, and works of art all rolled together with a dose of inspiration for the youngest audiences! Buy the whole set for that little one you know I know I am going use these as gifts in the future. And work on reading the others in the series as well soon. Rating: A; and the board books are for up to 5 years of age while the picture books are for 5 to 8 year olds. Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) for the eARCs of the above books All reviews include my honest opinions of the books.
ColeCampfireBlog More than 1 year ago
Maria Montessori is an awesome addition to the Little People, BIG DREAMS series! I was familiar with the Montessori method of education but I didn’t know Maria’s story. I can’t say it enough, I LOVE this Little People series! These nonfiction stories are inspiring and informative for preschoolers. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love "Maria Montessori" from the Little People, Big Dreams series. As expected, wonderful illustrations with an interesting Montessori's mini bio for children. This is probably one of the easier reads in this series for little kids as they could easily relate themselves to the text- using fun and innovative ways to learn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another inspiring entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series. This time the story is about young Maria who was intelligent but found school to be boring when she was young; as a result, she made up games to make her education more fun. Maria grew up and became the first Italian woman to go to medical school. She combined her medical and educational backgrounds to help some neglected children in the hospital to learn. We adults know that her child centered methods were subsequently embraced the world over. Young readers who are just starting school will get a sense of how important good teaching is and how it leads to good learning. Hopefully this will encourage them to love their school experience. As always, the illustrations enhance the story. There are additional facts, photos and resources at the end of the book. (note: they did not come out on the galley) I would give this an A plus. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions are my own.