Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

by Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Christine Roussey


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New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Simone de Beauvoir, the great French philosopher and mother of feminism.

When Simone de Beauvoir was a little girl, her father would proudly boast that she had the brain of a man—whatever that meant. But later, after years of studying, Simone would write a book that challenged the role of women in society, sending shock waves around the world. 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 philosopher'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: 9781786032324
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Little People, BIG DREAMS Series , #23
Edition description: New
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 520,091
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(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. 

Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There! and In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Abrams). She works in advertising, as well as with newspapers, magazines, and publishers. She lives in Paris.

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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I am becoming a huge fan of the "Little People, Big Dreams" series. There are so many great people, but many biographies go unread. This series peaks the interest of young readers with basic, simple facts about the person with the hope that they will do further investigation on their own. This was not my favourite in the series as I found it a bit dry and may not be of interest to young readers, but it was still a good addition to the series. Simone de Beauvoir was born to a well-to-do family, who lost their fortune, yet she had received a good education so was able to support herself. Her father had proclaimed that "she thinks like a man" which really was an insult when you think about it. She chose not to have children, but become a writer (even today when a woman states that she does not want children, eyebrows are raised). She wrote a lot about women's rights. She pretty much became a feminist before there were women recognized as such (back then they were called trouble-makers!). I must admit to not knowing about Simone de Beauvoir. Her story is told with historical context as well as having a timeline at the back of the book. The illustrations are large and vibrant and add much to the text. I think this is a good series and book to be in any school library. It shows children that you can make a difference if you believe in something and do whatever you can to change things that are wrong. I also like that these books can be used with older students to help them decide who they would like to learn more about. A Social Justice project could be inspired by these books. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
The Snow Queen More than 1 year ago
This is the 13th book from the Little People, Big Dreams book series that I've read and thanks to these books, readers of all ages could get to know some of the amazing women in the history. I never knew who Simone de Beauvoir is but because of this children's storybook, I finally learned that she is the "Mother of Feminism." Aside from that, she is also a philosopher, writer, and activist to name a few. Beauvoir's courage, breaking off from the norms, and standing up for gender equality are some of the important teachings from her life story that young kids will learn from reading this. I also like how it was emphasized that her father had sent them to study so in the future they can earn a living by themselves and without relying on a man for money. This should be instilled to children, especially to young girls, that women should stand up on their own and never rely upon their success to anyone. |
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simone de Beauvoir certainly is an interesting choice to be featured in the Little People Big Dreams series. The content and illustrations, as usual, are beautifully written and rendered. By focusing on the positive elements of Simone de Beauvoir, the book teaches children about the importance of education, never be afraid to be critical thinkers and be courageous to change our society a fairer, better place. And what an innovative figure on feminism development. But that's only as far I could go about loving the book. As an adult, I could embrace and appreciate how Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre "lived their love story in their own unique way," but I am not all sure how I want to explain to my child about their uniqueness of courtship if he ever asks at his age. And don't forget de Beauvoir's controversial sex scandal with one of her students that eventually got her teaching licence revoked permanently. I have no reservation about de Beauvoir's contributions as a philosopher, a writer, a feminism advocate. Her name, I concur, should be introduced to younger generations, but probably not to children under age of 10. True, her personal past, though, had nothing to with de Beauvoir's accomplishments, but I strongly believe role models to young children, especially, should be someone with positive images. To simply put, Simone de Beauvoir was too complex a person to be featured in a picture book for young children. I enjoyed the book myself, but I probably won't include this addition to my child's personal library for at least few extra years.
Bellasgram1217 More than 1 year ago
This is the second Little People Book I have read and I am now a big fan. I like the message this book sends that no matter what and what the times around you are you can achieve your dreams and become whatever you want. Simone de Beauvoir was a French author. She grew up in luxury and unfortunately it was lost during the war. Even so her parents sent her to a private school. Her father wanted her to learn to earn a living without relying on a man. She met and became soul mates with John Paul Satre, and though they never married they were together in mind and spirit. Simone went on to become the youngest woman to pass the exams on philosophy. She became a writer and philosopher. I also love the illustrations in these books they are fun and there is always something to see. I recommend this book for ages 5+. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This charmingly illustrated entry in a wonderful series tells the story of Simone de Beauvoir, an early and great feminist thinker. As always in the books by Vegara, a young girl's story is simply and charmingly told. Simone began life in a wealthy Parisian family whose fortunes changed. As a result, Simone would not have sufficient money for a wedding dowry, but she did get an excellent education. Simone's academic and writing lives are emphasized and the reader also meets the love of her (nontraditional) life, Jean-Paul Sartre. Favorite quotes from the book: "Simone thought this was unfair. She had become a feminist before the word even existed!" "He was not just her soul mate, he was her mind mate, too!" "And thanks to little Simone, we now know that we're not born men or women-just special human beings with a life full of choices to make." This book is a lovely reminder of the importance of girls growing up to be women who are free to make choices. Highly recommended. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.