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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805097295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805097290
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1–4—Nightingale was born in 1820 to a wealthy English family. She lived a privileged existence, and, due to her parents' social status, she was afforded the opportunity to meet famous artists and politicians and see the world. It was on her travels that she became aware of the tremendous need for improved health care for all and became convinced that she should become a nurse. She spent a great deal of time visiting hospitals and studying best practices. She became a compassionate, hardworking nurse who raised the standard of cleanliness and organization in military hospitals, women's facilities, and workhouses in Europe and beyond. This beautifully illustrated picture book is comprehensive in scope, providing the perfect balance of interesting facts from her early life on into adulthood. Readers will gain an understanding of Nightingale's work ethic, trials, and accomplishments. Each page is fully adorned with colorful paintings that artfully depict life in the 1800s. There are also intricate patterns woven throughout that add texture and depth and reflect the time period. Students will linger on each page, soaking in the details and seeing connections with modern-day practices that were inspired by Nightingale's tireless work. Demi's attention to detail and thorough descriptions make this biography one to own.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

From Booklist

This large-format picture book tells the story of Florence Nightingale. An English girl born into privilege, she grew up determined to reform hospital practices in order to relieve suffering and save lives. During the Crimean War, Nightingale led a group of nurses to Turkey, where she improved conditions at a British war hospital. Her successes there and later in England led to better care in military and civilian hospitals around the world. Nightingale’s work inspired the creation of the International Red Cross. The book concludes with a detailed time line and a short list of further reading, but no indication of sources. This biography offers a clear, concise telling of Nightingale’s story, illustrated with Demi’s spare, appealing artwork. Graceful fine-line drawings are warmed with tints of color and graced with patterns where appropriate. In the scenes that include landscapes, cityscapes, hospital wards, and great-house interiors, architectural elements offer context and framing for the portrayal of individuals. A lovely picture book celebrating the Lady with the Lamp. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan

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She has requested it nightly, I'll be buying this book as gifts for my nephews in the future.
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This is an excellent book for young people to enjoy and learn about this remarkable lady that never gave up on her dreams.
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So well written and the illustrations are colorful and really depict a very important time in history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on March 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Demi has published over 150 books during her long career, many of them large format biographical picture books aimed at elementary school-aged students. In addition to their informative text, Demi's biographies showcase her unique artistic style, which features a strong Asian influence, traditional materials, intricate patterns, and vibrant, glowing colors.

When I was a girl, Florence Nightingale would have been one of the only women from history you would have been likely to find a book on in the children's biography section of your local library, although I would be reasonably certain that I could not have found a biography as beautifully illustrated as this new one. On the end pages and title page, we see Florence as the iconic Lady of the Lamp. The book unfolds in a traditional linear narrative, beginning with Florence's birth and girlhood. She was born into a very wealthy British family, where she had all the advantages of an upper class upbringing. But her interest in nursing and helping others began at a young age; Demi shows us Florence as a little girl playing hospital with her dolls. Her interest in nursing intensified on a family trip to the Continent when in addition to seeing the tourist sights, she visited hospitals and charities. Her parents were opposed to her becoming a nurse, but eventually relented when they saw her commitment.

Demi's text and artwork show Florence's career progressing from working at a hospital for indigent women to her groundbreaking work nursing soldiers in the Crimean War, where she arranged for patients to get healthy food and water and stressed the need for cleanliness. We see Florence wandering the wards at night with her lantern, earning her nickname, The Lady with the Lamp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva Abbo on May 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful story with lovely illustrations. It is also presented in a way that is easy to understand for my 5 year old son. He enjoys hearing how she helped so many people and influenced how hospitals are organized today. It is a great introduction to Florence Nightingale's remarkable life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to give their children positive role models.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Florence Nightingale was born to wealthy parents in 1820. In that day and time young ladies were not educated. As she grew she felt that it was her calling in life to become a nurse to help others in need. Her parent reluctantly agreed to allow her to follow her career choice. Thanks to Florence’s' hard work and dedication to her life's mission we now have what is know as the Red Cross. This is an excellent book for young people to enjoy and learn about this remarkable lady that never gave up on her dreams.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very well done picture book biography on the amazing reformer of hospitals and patient care, Florence Nightingale. The illustrations are lovely and the narration is entertaining and informative for elementary age students.
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By ekassel on September 16, 2014
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I ordered this book for my daughter who is currently in nursing school. I suspect it is a little too much detail for children but as a nurse myself, I actually enjoyed it and learned something about Nightingale that I didn't know.
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