TITLE : Evonne Goolagong

AUTHOR : Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

ILLUSTRATED BY : Lisa Koesterke

GENRE : Children’s Non-Fiction, Picture Books

FBRC RATING : 5 stars


In this book from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Evonne Goolagong, the inspiring indigenous Australian tennis player.

Evonne grew up on a hot, dusty farm in Australia. She was the third of eight children, and descendant of the Wirundjuri people, who have lived on the land for more than 60,000 years. Her talent for tennis was discovered at a local tennis club, and before she knew it, the girl dreaming about the place called “Wimbledon” was playing on center court. 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 brilliant tennis player’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!


DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Evonne Goolagong’s story is inspiring and empowering for the next generation of girls growing up. This book is part of the series LittlePeople Big Dreams with adorable illustrations complimenting the storyline that gives us a biographical account of the events in her life that made her a world tennis champion. To see her succeed despite her background is nothing short of an awe-inducing experience for the reader. These books are an amazing addition to add to your kid’s book collection. It is simple and gives the reader the important facts that led her to be the person she is. The book is relatively short focusing only on the highlights of her life. The story of an indigenous Australian native and her rise to success is what will keep our young kids moving forward despite the struggles you may experience in your life. The series focuses on these wonderful role-models whose stories will encourage them to dream and dream big. I loved the book and how the story was outlined. There are some additional facts at the end of the book and additional reading recommendations as well if you are interested in finding out more about these wonderful personalities. I gave this book 5 stars and highly recommend getting this book.

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