Evonne Goolagong
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!

Evonne Goolagong Details

TitleEvonne Goolagong
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherFrances Lincoln Children's Books
ISBN-139780711245860
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Biography, Sports

Evonne Goolagong Review

  • PattyMacDotComma
    January 1, 1970
    5★"The day she left home, her mother gave Evonne a tennis dress made of bedsheets and some very good advice: 'Do not worry about winning or losing. Just play your best and have a lovely time.'"I'm reading this while the Australian Open is playing on the television in front of me. Nobody is wearing tennis whites, and there are people of all colours and nationalities playing.This is a lovely little picture book about world favourite Evonne Goolgagong, who once said she was tired of hearing her 5★"The day she left home, her mother gave Evonne a tennis dress made of bedsheets and some very good advice: 'Do not worry about winning or losing. Just play your best and have a lovely time.'"I'm reading this while the Australian Open is playing on the television in front of me. Nobody is wearing tennis whites, and there are people of all colours and nationalities playing.This is a lovely little picture book about world favourite Evonne Goolgagong, who once said she was tired of hearing her name always prefaced by "Aboriginal girl". She was born in 1951, so being Aboriginal meant she was at risk of being "stolen" or taken from her parents. These days, she would be referred to as a proud Wiradjuri woman, a far cry from back then.The pictures are like paper doll cutouts, and everyone is round with rosy cheeks, whether they are black or white, young or old. Evonne and her seven brothers and sistersShe found a tennis ball, so her dad made a wooden paddle to hit it with. She loved it! Then she discovered a book about a girl who went to England to play tennis.Evonne, reading and dreaming about WimbledonBut when she was a little girl, Aboriginal people weren't welcome in tennis clubs. [My comment: They weren't even counted in the census, couldn't vote, and couldn't own land until 1968. But I digress.]So she stood outside the fence and listened to the coach teaching the other kids. Eventually, the manager let her play by herself after everyone had gone home. Evonne, holding her paddle and watching the other kids play tennisA coach from Sydney saw how good she was and invited her to live with his family. She went, remembered her mother's advice to enjoy herself, and the rest, as they say, is history!Evonne, excited while her parents look sad to see her goAnd here's the history.Evonne takes the tennis world by storm!The last page has some real photographs and a simple timeline of her life. This isn't one of those photos, but it shows what a sweet kid she was and the ruffled tennis dress the author used in her Wimbledon illustration.Evonne Goolagong, 19 years old, winner of Wimbledon, 1971She travelled the world with tennis but came home to Australia, reconnected with her heritage, and established a foundation where she helps young indigenous players get the chances she never had.I thought I'd include a picture of two proud indigenous women, together in Cairns, Far North Queensland, where they went to surprise some young indigenous players. Ash Barty, who has Ngarigo heritage, is the current world number one women's player and has always been inspired by Evonne. Ash Barty, current world number one, and Evonne Goolagong Cawley, champion and legendThanks to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children's books. This is another worthy addition to the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, of which I'm an unashamed fan.This is to be published in March.
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  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars. This is a fairly interesting overview of Evonne Goolagong's life. Having no interest in tennis, I had not come across this successful Australian tennis player before. The illustrations are ugly and seem typical of this series, over simplified with pale pink triangles for noses and circles for cheeks. As always the end page of biography is much more interesting than the rest of the book.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This series is always a joy to read, its a really nice introduction to well known women for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but thats to be expected and its totally understandable.This is the perfect book for children since it shows the importance of believing in your dreams and the perseverance it takes to achieve them. Evonne Goolagong is such an inspirational The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known women for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable.This is the perfect book for children since it shows the importance of believing in your dreams and the perseverance it takes to achieve them. Evonne Goolagong is such an inspirational figure who took down so many barriers in order to do what truly made her happy.
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  • Kirsty
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a beautiful, inspirational story, and one that will enlighten and encourage many children. Theres no shying away from the struggles of Evonnes early life, and although racism is not specifically mentioned in the text of the book, its clear from the illustrations that there was a race divide between Evonne and the other tennis club children as well as a financial one. A wonderful book. This is such a beautiful, inspirational story, and one that will enlighten and encourage many children. There’s no shying away from the struggles of Evonne’s early life, and although racism is not specifically mentioned in the text of the book, it’s clear from the illustrations that there was a race divide between Evonne and the other tennis club children as well as a financial one. A wonderful book.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Happily I am old enough and the son in a house that loved sport. I may only have been 14 years of age but I remember well Evonne Goolagong winning Wimbledon. While I remember her heritage was mentioned it did not seem such a big deal.Reading this latest book for children in the Little People, Big Dreams series I was shocked by her upbringing and lack of opportunities due to wealth and discrimination.Evonne as the third of eight children growing up on a farm in Australia. Her family are Happily I am old enough and the son in a house that loved sport. I may only have been 14 years of age but I remember well Evonne Goolagong winning Wimbledon. While I remember her heritage was mentioned it did not seem such a big deal.Reading this latest book for children in the Little People, Big Dreams series I was shocked by her upbringing and lack of opportunities due to wealth and discrimination.Evonne as the third of eight children growing up on a farm in Australia. Her family are Indigenous Australians so their ancestors lived there long before the land was discovered and claimed by Europeans.That subsequent ‘white’ settlers treated so badly is a disgrace and that it was still happened in my lifetime demonstrates how hard Evonne had to work to realise her dreams.Her determination and skill was seen, someone allowed her access to tennis courts and a coach believed in her.Tennis clubs are seemingly still part of a rich elite in the U.K. so perhaps this story should be more widely known. I am proud to have seen her play and seen her talent in action but it has given me new pleasure and fresh insight reading this special little book.
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  • Fazila
    January 1, 1970
    FBRC REVIEW : DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an 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 FBRC REVIEW : DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an 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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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    I love the books in this series and always find something new in them. I had heard the name Evonne Goolagong, but I didn't really know much about her at all. This book, like the rest in the series, focuses on a lady who followed her dreams and succeeded against the odds. Evonne is an indigenous Australian who was not allowed to mix with the "white" Australian children. She wanted to play tennis, so a club owner gave her the key to the tennis courts. After all the other children went home, she I love the books in this series and always find something new in them. I had heard the name Evonne Goolagong, but I didn't really know much about her at all. This book, like the rest in the series, focuses on a lady who followed her dreams and succeeded against the odds. Evonne is an indigenous Australian who was not allowed to mix with the "white" Australian children. She wanted to play tennis, so a club owner gave her the key to the tennis courts. After all the other children went home, she snuck onto the courts and developed amazing skills. She was noticed by a tennis coach and promoter and she was eventually on the women's tour, winning many tournaments, including Wimbledon. Evonne was an inspiration to many, showing passion and determination to succeed. After leaving her professional tennis days, she worked with many young Australian tennis players encouraging them to follow their dreams, especially indigenous children. The illustrations were well done and certainly would appeal to children. As I have said with other books in this series, this book should be in all school and public libraries. I love that this series can be used to teach about dreaming big, famous people that might not be well known, learning about writing a biography and as a step off for further research. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Martina
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The My First Little People, Big Dreams series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered.These stories are very short, but thats because theyre books for children, so its totally understandable.I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures. The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered.These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable.I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures.This one here about Evonne Goolagong is really perfect for children. It teaches them to believe in their dreams and to never give them up. Truly inspiring!
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.This is another beautiful installment to the little people, big dreams series. This installment is about a female tennis player called Evonne Goolagong who became a world class tennis pro when she started out with very very little. This is another inspiring story to encourage children not to give up on their dreams and that winning isnt everything.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 3rd March 2020 - publication day!I love the books in this series and always find something new in them.This was a book that focused on a lady who followed her dreams and succeeded against the odds, starting with nothingEvonne was an inspiration to many, and she should consider to be too as she showed with passion and determination you can succeed, she became the number one tennis player in the world and then went on to train others with similar Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 3rd March 2020 - publication day!I love the books in this series and always find something new in them.This was a book that focused on a lady who followed her dreams and succeeded against the odds, starting with nothingEvonne was an inspiration to many, and she should consider to be too as she showed with passion and determination you can succeed, she became the number one tennis player in the world and then went on to train others with similar backgrounds to her own and to help them achieve their dreams too.It is 5 stars from me for this one, I loved the images and it is a great and well deserved addition to the series
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    Keep the standard quality for this series. A good biography, short, easy to read for kids and about an inspiring person! Good one!
  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this one! I was unfamiliar with Goolagong and her plights and am glad this book will introduce younger readers to the pioneering athlete.
  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Evonne Goolagong is a short age appropriate illustrated biography of the famous tennis player and a new addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I've reviewed a number of these titles and all of them are delightful and exuberant books which cover the lives of famous cultural, science, arts, and sports icons while maintaining an age-appropriate level of detail.Due out 3rd March 2020 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it'll be Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Evonne Goolagong is a short age appropriate illustrated biography of the famous tennis player and a new addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I've reviewed a number of these titles and all of them are delightful and exuberant books which cover the lives of famous cultural, science, arts, and sports icons while maintaining an age-appropriate level of detail.Due out 3rd March 2020 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it'll be 32 pages and will be available in hardcover format.Written by Isabel Sánchez Vegara it's well written in clear accessible language. The gentle and sweetly whimsical illustrations are well done. The art by Lisa Koesterke is appealing and colorful and supports the text very well. The art is rich in small subtle details which bear a closer look (like the animals, multicultural children, and more which appear throughout the book). There was a small typo in the timeline in the early eARC I received - Goolagong was picked up and trained by Vic Edwards in 1965, not 1956 (when she would've been 5 years old), but otherwise it's factually correct and engaging.Well written and appealing, I am really enjoying all of these little books. This one is a worthy addition.Five stars. This would make a superlative reading circle book, classroom library book, or gift. Evonne Goolagong has used her fame as a platform to encourage and help others and this little book is a nice introduction to her life and work for the youngest generation.Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
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  • Ben Truong
    January 1, 1970
    Evonne Goolagong is a book in the Little People, Big Dreams series and is a children's picture book written by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Lisa Koesterke. It is a cursory biography of Evonne Goolagong an Australian tennis player and former world's best player.March, at least in my part of the world is Women's History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book Evonne Goolagong is a book in the Little People, Big Dreams series and is a children's picture book written by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Lisa Koesterke. It is a cursory biography of Evonne Goolagong – an Australian tennis player and former world's best player.March, at least in my part of the world is Women's History Month, which I plan to read one children's book, particularly a biography, which pertains to the subject everyday this month. Therefore, I thought that this book would be apropos for today.Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley, known as Evonne Goolagong in her earlier career, is an Australian former world No. 1 tennis player. She was one of the world's leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, and the number one Australian professional on tour.Vegara's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. It starts off with a young Evonne Goolagong who grew up on a farm in Australia. Her talent in tennis was discovered at a local tennis club and traces her life to the point that she became not just a professional tennis player, but the best. At the end, there is a concise and informative biography timeline of Evonne Goolagong's life. Koesterke's illustrations are done rather well and consistent to other books in the series and rather apropos to the target audience.The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It traces the life of Evonne Goolagong from her life as a child in Australia, being a third child of eight children and a descendant of the Wirundjuri people. She started to play tennis and was discovered to be good at it and dreams about playing in prestigious tournaments such as Wimbledon, which eventually became a reality.All in all, Evonne Goolagong is a wonderful, albeit cursory, biography of a little girl that dared to dream big and worked hard and followed her dream to become the best tennis player of her time – Evonne Goolagong.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.In this book from the When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOLI requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.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 centre 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!I love this series of books and learning about Evonne Goolagong was interesting. I had heard of her before but had not read of her - she is a fascinating character to read about with your kids as you will learn some stuff, too - I guarantee it!As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Evonne Goolagong' by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara with illustrations by Lisa Koesterke is about the famous Australian tennnis player.Evonne, a descendant of the Wirundjuri people, grew up in a large family on a dusty farm. When she found a tennis ball, her dreams of tennis began, but as an Indigenous person, getting to play in a tennis club was not allowed. She caught some breaks along the way, and eventually became a world star of tennis.I liked this story of dreams and determination. The 'Evonne Goolagong' by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara with illustrations by Lisa Koesterke is about the famous Australian tennnis player.Evonne, a descendant of the Wirundjuri people, grew up in a large family on a dusty farm. When she found a tennis ball, her dreams of tennis began, but as an Indigenous person, getting to play in a tennis club was not allowed. She caught some breaks along the way, and eventually became a world star of tennis.I liked this story of dreams and determination. The illustrations were fun, and I liked the biography section that is at the end of this entire series.I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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  • April Gray
    January 1, 1970
    I remember seeing Evonne Goolagong on the news when I was a child, and wish I'd had this book then to learn more about her. This gives a good overview of her life, from being one of eight children in an Indigenous family in a small town in Australia, where she could only practice on the tennis court at night, after the white people had gone home, to winning first the French Open and then Wimbledon, becoming the top tennis player in the world at age 20, going on to win 92 tournaments during her I remember seeing Evonne Goolagong on the news when I was a child, and wish I'd had this book then to learn more about her. This gives a good overview of her life, from being one of eight children in an Indigenous family in a small town in Australia, where she could only practice on the tennis court at night, after the white people had gone home, to winning first the French Open and then Wimbledon, becoming the top tennis player in the world at age 20, going on to win 92 tournaments during her career, to her work now with Aboriginal children in Australia. The illustrations are sweet and colorful, and convey her bright spirit well. A timeline of her life with more information is included at the end of the book, with photographs.#EvonneGoolagong #NetGalley
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  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    January 1, 1970
    Evonne Goolagong by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara focuses on the life of one of Australia's most inspiring athletes. Part of the indigenous population native to Australia and a descendant of the Wirundjuri people, Goolagong grew up on a farm. She fell in love with tennis after joining a local club and discovering she had a knack for it. Goolagong practised hard, setting her goal on the prestigious tennis tourney known as Wimbledon. The end of the book contains a more detailed look at Goolagong's Evonne Goolagong by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara focuses on the life of one of Australia's most inspiring athletes. Part of the indigenous population native to Australia and a descendant of the Wirundjuri people, Goolagong grew up on a farm. She fell in love with tennis after joining a local club and discovering she had a knack for it. Goolagong practised hard, setting her goal on the prestigious tennis tourney known as Wimbledon. The end of the book contains a more detailed look at Goolagong's life, using language suited for much older readers. Perfect for libraries, and classroom learning. Highly recommended!***Many thanks to the Netgalley & Quarto Publishing for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Abbey
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite things about the Little People, Big Dreams books is how author & illustrator, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, brings us the lives of, not only those already well known to us, but those that we don't...but should. This edition brings us the dreams of Evonne Goolagong, a young indigenous girl from Australia that dreamed big and worked hard to become a tennis champion in every sense of the word. She had heart, dedication, & determination. What an amazing role model for young One of my favorite things about the Little People, Big Dreams books is how author & illustrator, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, brings us the lives of, not only those already well known to us, but those that we don't...but should. This edition brings us the dreams of Evonne Goolagong, a young indigenous girl from Australia that dreamed big and worked hard to become a tennis champion in every sense of the word. She had heart, dedication, & determination. What an amazing role model for young girls of today.As always, Ms. Vegara brings us a Solid Five Star Read. A huge Thank You to NetGalley & Quarto Publishing Group-Francis Lincoln Childrens for the digital copy to review.
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  • Anca
    January 1, 1970
    The story of Evonne Goolagong is one of the most empowering children's stories I have ever read! The stronger message to me, apart from breaking away from poverty, discrimination, following one's life passion and remembering to give back, is the one about being in the game. It does not matter if you win or lose, "just play your best and have a lovely time"! If only more children were taught this about life!Thank you to Net Galley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for providing me with an The story of Evonne Goolagong is one of the most empowering children's stories I have ever read! The stronger message to me, apart from breaking away from poverty, discrimination, following one's life passion and remembering to give back, is the one about being in the game. It does not matter if you win or lose, "just play your best and have a lovely time"! If only more children were taught this about life!Thank you to Net Galley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for providing me with an e-book copy in exchange for my honest review!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I adore the Little People, Big Dream books which is a bestselling series that introduces young readers to inspirational people throughout history. The books demonstrate that many successful people have had to overcome challenges in their lives and work hard for their achievements. The board book versions provide even the youngest readers in our lives an opportunity to hear these incredible stories. Each book is complete with clear, bright and colourful illustrations that tell the story just as I adore the Little People, Big Dream books which is a bestselling series that introduces young readers to inspirational people throughout history. The books demonstrate that many successful people have had to overcome challenges in their lives and work hard for their achievements. The board book versions provide even the youngest readers in our lives an opportunity to hear these incredible stories. Each book is complete with clear, bright and colourful illustrations that tell the story just as much as the words. I thoroughly enjoy reading all the different stories in this series but could not contain my excitement to see Evonne Goolagong’s name! She is a fantastic role model for girls, Australian’s and especially Indigenous children who are often under represented in books. Evonne is a proud Wiradjuri woman who overcame poverty and discrimination to not only win a Wimbledon title but do so as a mother, the first person to have done so in 60 years. Before she left home her mother left her with the words ‘Don’t worry about winning and losing. Just play your best and have a good time.’ This edition is a must have as part of your Little People, Big Dream series or one its own. Thankyou to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. #EvonneGoolagong #NetGalley
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  • thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
    January 1, 1970
    Another fabulous contribution to these amazing books that are so beautiful, so well written and illustrated and simply purely inspirational for the little people and not so little in our lives. Essential reading as far as Im concerned Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion Another fabulous contribution to these amazing books that are so beautiful, so well written and illustrated and simply purely inspirational for the little people and not so little in our lives. Essential reading as far as I’m concerned Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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  • Finley Farmer
    January 1, 1970
    Evonne's story is interesting and inspiring, showing that you can achieve your dreams no matter your circumstances. I loved this story and think it's one that will inspire others for years to come. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome little quality-made books featuring people who persisted beyond circumstances of there time. Includes a brief and more detailed timeline at the end. Exceptional illustrations perfect for children.
  • joyce w. laudon
    January 1, 1970
    This title is yet another wonderful entry in one of my favorite series for kids.  Each book features someone who had a dream and worked to make it come true.  In this entry, young readers learn about the childhood and accomplishments  a well-known tennis champion.Young Evonne grew up in Australia at a time when there was prejudice against the indigenous population.  She was raised in a family of eight children where money was scarce but...one day she found a ball and her lifelong passion for This title is yet another wonderful entry in one of my favorite series for kids.  Each book features someone who had a dream and worked to make it come true.  In this entry, young readers learn about the childhood and accomplishments  a well-known tennis champion.Young Evonne grew up in Australia at a time when there was prejudice against the indigenous population.  She was raised in a family of eight children where money was scarce but...one day she found a ball and her lifelong passion for tennis.The author tells readers that Evonne was not allowed to play on the court in her community.  She stood outside to listen and learn until one day someone gave her a key so that she could practice on the court at night.From this beginning Evonne was "discovered" by a coach and moved to Sydney.  She became a successful player who remembered her family's advice to enjoy the game.  Evonne won many championships and was the first mom to win a major tournament at Wimbledon.The illustrations in this book are so cheerful and the story of Evonne is inspiring. I recommend adding this title to your home or school library.Many thanks to NetGalley and the  publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley. This mini bio of Evonne Goolagong is my first from the Little People, Big Dreams series but it will not be my last. Despite my interest in tennis Evonne Goolagong was an individual I was not familiar with and after this little bite sized introduction someone I will be looking into further. I absolutely adored this book and I wish these books had been around when I was a child to inspire me to explore my interests and I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley. This mini bio of Evonne Goolagong is my first from the Little People, Big Dreams series but it will not be my last. Despite my interest in tennis Evonne Goolagong was an individual I was not familiar with and after this little bite sized introduction someone I will be looking into further. I absolutely adored this book and I wish these books had been around when I was a child to inspire me to explore my interests and pursue my dreams. I will definitely be picking up not only this book but a few of the other ones in the series to gift to some of the children in my life based on their interests.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I just reviewed Evonne Goolagong by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. #EvonneGoolagong #NetGalley When requesting for this book, I have no clue who Evonne Goolagong is. But now I do, in a nicely illustrated book. While reading about someone's biography might be a chore, this book enables me to love it and look for more.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I adore these books from Little People, BIG DREAMS series, This new book is about the life of Evonne Goolagong who was an inspiring indigenous Australian tennis player.I highly recommend this new book Evonne Goolagong by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Come to think of it all her books. They are so adorable, colourful with lovely illustrations throughout and great for small children to learn about some of the wonderful people that were and are a part of our lives and did great things they did.Big I adore these books from Little People, BIG DREAMS series, This new book is about the life of Evonne Goolagong who was an inspiring indigenous Australian tennis player.I highly recommend this new book Evonne Goolagong by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Come to think of it all her books. They are so adorable, colourful with lovely illustrations throughout and great for small children to learn about some of the wonderful people that were and are a part of our lives and did great things they did.Big Thank you to NetGalley and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for the ARC provided for an honest opinion.
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  • Megan Schmelzer
    January 1, 1970
    While scanning through the books on NetGalley, I stumbled across this awesome new board book series for babies and toddlers. The vibrant, yet simple, covers displaying historical women that I have grown up learning caught my eye, and it instantly drew me to dig in and see what this series is all about. Through my reading and my post-reading research, I have learned that Little People, Big Dreams is a series that focuses on introducing the youngest of readers to amazing, wonderful women that have While scanning through the books on NetGalley, I stumbled across this awesome new board book series for babies and toddlers. The vibrant, yet simple, covers displaying historical women that I have grown up learning caught my eye, and it instantly drew me to dig in and see what this series is all about. Through my reading and my post-reading research, I have learned that Little People, Big Dreams is a series that focuses on introducing the youngest of readers to amazing, wonderful women that have influenced the world.Each book is purposely designed in order to highlight one woman who has made a difference in the world. It tells the story of that women's dream and how she was able to make her dream come true despite the biggest obstacles. I loved the simplicity of the design of the series, Little People, Big Dreams. The authors and illustrators who have worked on this project clearly understand their audience, and they have made each of the books reflect exactly what they want their youngest of readers to be exposed to.Designed for babies and toddlers, Little People, Big Dreams uses simple text and engaging pictures to tell the story of each woman in a kid-friendly manner. Often times, my biggest complaint with board books is that they lack plots or messages. Even though board books are purposely designed for babies and toddlers, I absolutely believe they still need to be strong examples of books that contain both strong plots and messages. All age levels of children need to have access to great texts.I loved how Little People, Big Dreams designed their biography series for baby and preschool readers. There are not many nonfiction book series out there. This series is absolutely helping to pave the way to push the norm for what we typically think of when we think of baby books.Little People, Big Dreams series is a positive example of how even our youngest of readers can read and learn from awesome books!The story of Evonne Goolagong was absolutely-deserved to become one of the newest biographies add to the Little People, Big Dreams Collection.
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