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Stevie Wonder (Little People, Big Dreams): 56 Hardcover – 2 February 2021

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Frances Lincoln Children's (2 February 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0711257736
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0711257733
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 7 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.5 x 24 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.9 out of 5 stars 115 ratings

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About the Author

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books and the author of the multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series of picture books that explore the lives of outstanding people. 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.

Melissa Lee Johnson is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated with a BFA in Integrated Studio Arts and a Minor in Illustration from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in May 2016, and was a finalist for a Mary Nohl Fellowship in 2017. She got her start illustrating for an alternative newspaper, and then created the 2018 Film Fest campaign for Milwaukee Film. Melissa has since worked on editorial, packaging, branding, advertising, and book illustration for a variety of clients, including Amazon, Macmillan Publishing, Parents Magazine, Hacienda Beer Co., Red Antler, and Three-Headed Design. Melissa's packaging illustration for Hacienda Beer Co. was accepted into the juried Communication Arts 2020 Illustration Annual.

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Reviewed in Australia on 21 February 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, informative, inspiring!
By PattyMacDotComma on 16 April 2021
“His family moved to Detroit and Stevie had to stay home a lot. To help pass the time, he began banging on pots and pans. Soon, he was playing his uncle’s harmonica and a neighbor’s old piano.”

Little Stevie Wonder (as I still think of him!) was named Stevland Hardaway Judkins when he was born prematurely in Saginaw, Michigan. Doctors think too much oxygen given then is what caused his blindness only a few days later. This information is given at the end of the book in the short biography which is accompanied by four black and white photographs. But the book for children opens with this delightful picture.

Picture #1 is captioned:
Mother and nurse with little Stevie, already wearing his trademark sunnies!

After banging pots and pans and learning the harmonica and piano, he started joining others.

Picture #2 is captioned:
“When Stevie heard people playing music in the street, he stopped and introduced himself. Clicking his fingers, he joined the party with a joyful voice, while John played the bongos.”

By the time he was eleven, Motown discovered him, signed him up, and the world was introduced to Little Stevie Wonder.

Picture #3 is captioned:
Little Stevie Wonder with The Temptations, The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye looking over his shoulder from posters on the wall

(And no, nobody explained here how he ‘signed’ his name, but I can probably look it up.)

From there, he hit the road with the Motown Revue, in a rough old bus. He was the first on the stage and the first to hit the hay after he performed. He was the youngest artist to top the charts. He had a tutor, of course, Ted, who had poor vision but who not only taught him, he wrote songs, too. One even became a hit! (No, I don’t know which one.)

When he had his first child, Aisha, he wrote Isn’t She Lovely, and he wrote his own Happy Birthday to encourage making Martin Luther King’s birthday a public holiday and promote peace.

Picture #4 is captioned:
Stevie and Aisha at the piano

His Happy Birthday became so popular that people sing it everywhere to celebrate birthdays.

Picture #5 is captioned:
Birthday celebrations around the world

He had become a world figure.

“With 25 Grammy Awards, he is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. Stevie was also named Messenger of Peace by the United Nations, and helped improve the lives of people with sensory, mental, and physical conditions.”

Picture #6 is captioned:
Stevie pictured in front of the UN logo with Ted and others

His joy has been infectious since he was Little Stevie, and I think he will always be Little Stevie Wonder to me.

Picture #7 is captioned:
Little Stevie with lots of kids playing music

I appreciate how the author has made this an exceptionally inclusive book, including diversity of many kinds in the illustrations without beating us over the head with it, as the saying goes. The more normal it is to see different people together, the more normal it will seem to young readers when they grow up.

This is such a delightful series of books. There are various levels in the series. There are some very basic books for tiny tots, and there are some more complicated stories for primary school children. They include some biographical text and photos at the end and links to further information. I’m pleased that so many schools and libraries have them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
Reviewed in the United States on 11 June 2021
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Reviewed in the United States on 25 February 2021
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Reviewed in the United States on 24 February 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with GORGEOUS illustrations!
Reviewed in the United States on 24 February 2021
This beautiful little book is filled with facts about the legendary Stevie Wonder and perfect for kids of all ages. Illustrations are GORGEOUS. The Little People, Big Dreams series is fantastic! This teacher approves.
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Reviewed in the United States on 19 March 2021
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