It was called “Your Song” and it launched Elton like a rocket man, from his mother’s modest house to superstardom!
Ah! The newest addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara made me so excited! I’ve always loved Elton John and his music. He’s such an exceptional, amazing, and talented man. I honestly consider myself extremely lucky to have been alive during a time in which Elton John existed. With lovely illustrations from Sophie Beer, the 50th book of the series is one that belongs on everyone’s shelves.
Learning Something New
One of the things I love about Sánchez Vegara’s books is that I always seem to learn something from them. I may really like, respect, and appreciate a great many of these people but I admittedly do have gaps in my knowledge about their lives and careers. And it was so much fun to learn small tidbits about Elton John’s life and rise to fame. I had no idea before reading this that Your Song–one of my favorites–is his first big hit!
These stories are also so inspiring. Any child reading them is sure to find motivation from the life experiences of these people. Elton John, born Reginald, is definitely someone worthwhile for kids to admire. I loved learning about the struggles he faced and how he overcame them and I think a great many children will, too.
Every Little People, Big Dreams book has a similar illustration style, but with the fact that each is illustrated by a different person, you’re bound to see a variety of styles. I’m a pretty big fan of what Beer has done with our favorite artist. Her artwork very cleverly captures Elton John’s style and is gorgeous throughout. The illustrations are all bright and colorful, ready to entrance and engage children of any age.
Honestly, Sánchez Vegara could not have chosen a better artist to focus her 50th book on nor a better artist to portray him.
And You Can Tell Everybody
Of all the books in this series, I can honestly say that this is the one I’m most excited about. I had such a fun time reading it and I really hope that a large number of adults and children feel the same way. And hey, Christmas is just around the corner (only two-ish months!), so it’s definitely worth considering.
One last thing, I should note that this book does discuss AIDS and, in particular, references someone important to Elton John who did die of it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.