- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887764940
- ISBN-13: 978-0887764943
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,446,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale Hardcover – September 1, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-This highly readable and well-researched biography does an excellent job of integrating the social and medical conditions of Nightingale's time. Born into a wealthy English family, Nightingale was expected to pursue trivial tasks and make a "good marriage." However, she decided to study nursing and to make a contribution to society instead. Years later as superintendent of nurses for the British hospitals in Turkey during the Crimean War, she found herself battling horrendous sanitary conditions and bureaucratic blockades. Gorrell fleshes out her subject's stubborn persistence, organizational genius, and exacting intelligence with quotations from family letters, official correspondence, and private letters from Queen Victoria. Enlivening the narrative are black-and-white reproductions of drawings (some done by Nightingale's family and friends) and period photographs. Source notes, a selected bibliography, picture credits, and a Web address for the Nightingale Museum in London are appended. Gorrell succeeds in separating myth from reality, smoothly crafting a picture of a gifted individual who was also wholly human.
Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 5-8. Born in 1820, Florence Nightingale was still in her teens when she felt called to God's service, but her wealthy family opposed her intentions to do something useful in the world. Though many people are familiar with Nightingale's name and her image as "the lady with the lamp," this compelling biography makes clear that she did not rise to importance by goodness and mercy. She relentlessly drove herself and those around her for whatever cause she determined was right. Gorrell clearly portrays Nightingale as a multifaceted individual, with many admirable qualities and some negative traits that sometimes made getting along with her as difficult for her family and friends as for her foes in the military and the government. Well-captioned, black-and-white reproductions of photographs, paintings, drawings, and engravings offer readers glimpses of Nightingale's world. A bibliography and source notes are appended. Lively and highly readable. Carolyn Phelan
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Florence Nightingale is a nursing icon, a lady far ahead of her time not afraid to step out of her societal realms - a gifted statistician who used those ideas and assimilations to improve the lives of soldiers all over the world and that is definitely projected in this book. It outlines her triumphs and struggles realistically whilst explaining why and how, she was able to succeed or what obstacles she had to overcome.
The pictures and inserted facts about the time add to the enjoyment of the book, which could most definitely be of value to all ages and all levels of reader.
logistigal, and how she got priviate & political assistance for her NEW statisical, cleanliness, nurse training, even before some of her ideas were even Proven scientifically yet. Char