Little People, Big Dreams: Captain Tom Moore; Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Christophe Jacques
It would be rather appropriate if this book were titled Little Dreams, Big People. Born into humble beginnings in Yorkshire, Captain Tom Moore would lead a life that would see him train as a civil engineer, fight for his country and enjoy plenty of daily walks. Always one to rise to a challenge having lived through the Second World War, when the global health pandemic struck in late 2019 Tom decided to do what he does best at his age and went for a nice long walk.
The war veteran only wanted to raise a little bit of money for the nurses and doctors in the UK who were battling to treat people who were victims of Corona Virus. What he didn’t anticipate was that his walk in the garden would attract the attention of the world, see him raise millions of pounds, get a special invite to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and receive a special award…
This is a truly inspirational and uplifting read that goes to show ordinary people are more than capable of achieving extraordinary things. It is also a big spoonful of kindness and gratitude; having being looked after by the nurses and doctors of the NHS following a fall, Moore wanted to give something back. Little did he know how much he would be giving back.
At the back of the the book there is a short overview of Moore’s life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs. The book is delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and the story is told in short and simple sentences.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Publishers for the ARC.