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A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale (Picture Book Biography) Paperback – March 1, 1997

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Grade 1-3-- While the Wallners' bright, line-and-watercolor pictures will appeal to younger readers, Adler's text is disappointing and at times frustrating; the simple language is often at odds with the more complex story it is trying to convey. Some of the incidents in Nightingale's life are poorly explained, without giving the necessary historical background for children to understand the events fully. It's unlikely that eight-year-olds will understand what exactly Florence detested about being the `` . . . same sort of wife her mother was, . . . `` `making society and arranging domestic things' '' or the importance of her being presented to Queen Victoria. When readers are told that England ``. . . joined in the Crimean War against Russia'' most won't know who they joined or why. There are also puzzling gaps in Nightingale's religious development and her transition from a sheltered Victorian girl to an unconventional, strong-minded woman who transformed her profession and set the standards for modern nursing. As a result, she sounds merely eccentric, even mysterious. A better title, geared to slightly older readers, is Dorothy Turner's Florence Nightingale (Watts, 1986; o.p.). --Cyrisse Jaffee, Newton Public Schools, MA6
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

David A. Adler was born in New York City and received his B.A. from Queens College in New York City in 1968. He has been the senior editor of books for young readers at a publishing house. He is the author of more than 160 books for young readers.

Alexandra Wallner has written and illustrated a number of books about famous literary and historical figures, including An Alcott Family Christmas and Beatrix Potter. She lives in Maine with her husband, illustrator John Wallner.


John Wallner has illustrated many titles in David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography series. He lives in Maine.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Book Biography
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823412849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823412846
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is perfect for K-3 students who just can't wade through those lenghty chapter books. It is abundantly illustrated with adorable pictures to keep little eyes busy while you are reading to them. Florence Nightingale was a young lady who graciously served as a nurse to wounded soldiers and instituted many improvements in the field of nursing. Other titles in the series include, Edison, Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington, Franklin, and more.
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I read this book to my first grade class on Nurse's Day this year. We then compared Florence Nightingale to Clara Barton. There aren't many children's books written on this historical figure. You can always count on the author, David Adler, to deliver the best biographies for kids:-)
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My grandkids were fascinated with this story. The book was in like-new condition, and is a wonderful way to present history in a personalized, interesting manner. The four-year-old's parents were dumbfounded when she later answered a radio question about a famous nurse with "Florence Nightingale!"
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