by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Pub Date 5 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 2 Nov 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the inspiring true story of Yoko Ono, the artist.
When Yoko was little, she had everything she could dream of in Japan, except time with her busy parents. She used to write wishes and tie them to the branches of the trees in the local temple to be less alone. When war broke out, Yoko was often hungry and had to use her imagination to transport her. After the war, she made her way to New York to meet free spirits and study art. She worked as artist, and hosted gatherings with her trailblazing friends, and then one day, John Lennon came to see her work. And together, they imagined a better world. This inspiring 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 climate artist's life.
Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling 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 hardback 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!
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I was dubious about this book. It's a book about someone who is famous for being the wife of somebody famous. Just before I read this I was reading The Good Girls Guide To Murder, one of the characters in it is quite obviously based on Yoko Ono and to be honest, if I'd not have been reading that I think I'd probably have given this a miss. But I was intrigued and I took the timing of it to be a sign that I was meant to read it. I sat down with my 6 you and we read this and I think it was my favourite so far of the Little People Big Dreams books. I also felt that it went into a bit more detail that some of the other books. Maybe to show that Yoko Ono is more than John Lennon's wife, she was an influential person in her own right, who had so much adversity to come through to get to where she is now. I have a newfound respect for the woman.
Can't get enough of the little people big dreams series. This book is just as special as the other books in the collection. This book felt a lot more whimsical than any other books in the series. I love how spiritual it was, and felt more like a fairytale than a true story. I loved it! This book is very special!
Yoko Ono is a wonderful addition to the best-selling Little People, Big Dreams books. Its beautiful illustrations by Momoko Abe are a stunning addition to Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara's words. The book gives the reader a different perspective of Yoko Ono that most adults all ready have, the timeline at the rear of the book also adds to the reader's understanding of her life. I particularly liked the following phrases: Because a dream dreamt alone is just a dream, but a dream dreamt together becomes a reality. These are such powerful words that can inspire the youngest of minds
This latest instalment in the successful Little People Big Dreams series starts like a fairy-tale, with the words ‘Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Yoko’. The book focuses on Yoko’s creativity, imagination and unconventional ideas, showing how she was the heart and soul of trailblazing events. I liked that Yoko is introduced to young readers as an influential artist first and foremost, rather than as John Lennon’s wife. We have the volume on John Lennon in our collection, and my children enjoyed the overlap between the two books in the scene of the newlywed couple in their peace camp in their hotel bed, singing for the anti-war movement from their honeymoon. We enjoyed comparing the different styles of the two illustrations of this scene. Monoko Abe’s illustrations are particularly whimsical, and perfectly match the at times playful tone of the story. The book deals with the subject of loss in a sensitive manner, and ends on the uplifting message that ‘a dream dreamt alone is just a dream, but a dream dreamt together becomes a reality’. Another totally inspirational book in this series! Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Kids for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I’ll be adding a hard copy to our collection of Little People Big Dreams books when it’s published!
Yet another great read from this series. Was great to learn about Yoko Ono's life before she met John Lennon. Great book, and perfect for children and adults alike.
Yoko Ono has been vilified on a similar level to Mary Magdalene. One supposedly tempted Christ, the other purportedly brought down The Beatles, via her relationship with John Lennon. Despite living the vast majority of her life in the public eye, little is truly known about Yoko. I'm delighted to see Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara has produced a title in the Little People, Big Dreams series to honour her extraordinary life. Perhaps a new generation of wee people will grow up admiring and respecting this woman, as she deserves. Maria's words are beautifully brought to life by Momoko Abe's gorgeous illustrations. A lovely read!
I really loved this children's picture book about Yoko Ono. I love John Lennon and The Beatles, so I was thrilled to be able to read this wonderful book. The book had lovely, bright and colourful illustrations, and it told the story of Yoko from when she was a small child up until she was an adult. I found the book very interesting and it was good to read about her life as a child, as I did not know about what she went through in her childhood. I love the peace work she did with John and the work she still does to help bring peace to the world. This is a great introduction to Yoko and her life, for young readers to enjoy. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I knew very little about Yoko Ono before reading this and I enjoyed learning about the woman who was so much more than the wife of a mega famous musician. These biographies are age appropriate; inspiring and interesting, but not overwhelming. They have bright, beautiful illustrations, striking covers, and look great on a shelf together. I love the diversity of the people featured in this series. Artists, athletes, authors, activists, actors, explorers, entertainers, musicians and scientists. Thank you NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely adore the Little People, Big Dreams series and this book, focusing on Yoko One, was an interesting read. Filled with glorious illustrations, these texts are a fabulous springboard for classroom discussion. I love how they cover such a broad range of famous faces, from scientists to musicians. The story of Yoko Ono is an interesting read, particularly as it focuses more on her upbringing and work as an artist, rather than merely on her relationship with John Lennon. The pictures are perfectly suited to the story, having a feel of Japanese embroidery in style. I will be using this book as part of my Person of the Week work in a Year 5 classroom and think it would be a welcome addition to any school bookshelf. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.