Little People, Big Dreams: Ayrton Senna; Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths
Born into a wealthy family in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Ayrton Senna would achieve much in his short but colourful life. He was an active child who was born to race cars. At aged four he sat behind the wheel of a vehicle and he was still young when he found himself in trouble with the law for a driving incident. Senna was a religious man and always believed that God would help him achieve his dreams. And so it was that he made his way to England to become one of the most successful and legendary Formula 1 drivers there has ever been. Not only was he a brilliant driver, he was a pioneer for the improvement of driver safety and for safer racing. Tragically his life ended when he was much too young; he died doing what he loved - he was driving a racing car.
I am too young to really remember what Senna achieved on the racetrack but from what I have read and seen, I do know he is comparable with the greatest sporting icons that have ever lived. He was fiercely competitive, an innovator in his sport and his legacy and work has continued in his death through the Ayrton Senna Institute.
This delightful read includes a short overview of Senna’s life with key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs. The book is pleasingly illustrated with bright and bold artwork and the story is told in short and simple sentences.
Perfect for children who aspire of becoming the next big thing in sport.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.