Book Review: Maria Montessori (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Maria Montessori (Little People, Big Dreams)
Author: Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrator: Raquel Martín
Age: 4-7

As yesterday was International Women’s Day, and I’m known for being something of a feminist, it seems only fitting that I review a picture book about a groundbreaking female figure.

Isabel Sanchez Vegara’s biography of Maria Montessori, published this week, is the latest installment in the fantastic Little People, Big Dreams series. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series so far, you can start with this one!

The Montessori method of teaching has become increasingly well-known in recent years, with Montessori schools and preschools popping up around the world (their popularity no doubt increased further by the high profile Montessori pupil Prince George!)

The book shines a light on the life of Maria Montessori, starting from her childhood in Italy in the 1870s, where she found her thirst for learning stifled by the traditional schooling methods, and describes how she broke through barriers to achieve her dreams, for instance becoming the first girl in Italy to study medicine. It also details her experiences working with disabled children, who at the time were treated as if they were ill, the founding of her Children’s Homes, and the growing internatonal recognition of her revolutionary teaching methods.

The illustrations are colourful, friendly and show great attention to detail.

I would highly recommend this picture book to all Montessori educators as well as any parents or teachers who want to introduce their children to a truly inspirational female role model.

You can get hold of a copy by clicking one of the links below!

Maria Montessori (Little People, Big Dreams) was released on 5th March 2019. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.