Florence Nightingale (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Florence Nightingale (Little People, Big Dreams)

Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’ s Books

Date of Publication: April 12th 2022

Rating: 5 stars

‘’Never give nor take an excuse.’’

            Florence Nightingale

1820, Florence, Italy. A child with a brilliant mind and a golden heart is born. Growing up, she was more attentive to the sick and the ones in need than to young men who wanted to win her heart. She knew she had an invaluable gift in her hands and, defying the aspirations of her family and the society of her time, she travelled to Germany to become a nurse.

‘’How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.’’

                 Florence Nightingale

In London, she became the head nurse at a hospital for women. However, this was only a small step towards her destiny. When the Crimean War breaks out in 1853, she sailed to Constantinople, along with 38 nurses, to aid the wounded. She worked under unthinkable circumstances, where illness walked side by side with injuries inflicted in war. She introduced new rules and insisted on personal hygiene, changing the treatment of the patients dramatically. They called her The Lady of the Lamp and she became the lamplight, the guide, the mother of modern nursing. Her brave, innovative efforts have saved and will continue to save thousands and thousands of people over the ages.

Her name? Florence Nightingale.

‘’I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.’’

              Florence Nightingale

Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.