The Extraordinary Life of …(series)
Dr Sheila Kanani
Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Stephen Hawking …all contemporary heroes who have contributed much more than the average person to making the world a better place and who are the three initial subjects of a new series from Puffin called The Extraordinary Life of… To be joined in June by Neil Armstrong, Anne Frank and Katherine Johnson, then later in the year by Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and Mary Seacole, this is a new series of biographies for young independent readers introducing them to those who have shaped their world.
Done with a monochromatic theme with lots of line drawings it combines the essential information of each person’s life with significant quotes that encapsulate their philosophy for doing what they do.
“When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is”. Malala Yousafzai
“You too can reach your dreams and then your job is to reach back and to help someone just like you, do the same thing. ” Michelle Obama
“I am happy if I have added something to the understanding of our universe. ” Stephen Hawking.
Three different people doing different things but with a common philosophy that focuses on humanity as a whole.
Written in a style and format that fosters a desire to continue reading rather than dipping and delving to find facts, this series is a way to introduce young readers to biography as a genre and its focus on people whose names may well be familiar to the audience will draw in those who might not yet be aware of this type of non fiction. Thus they are not only learning about the person in focus but discovering a new genre that will open up new reading pathways and perhaps inspire them. While our collections abound with biographies, they might not appeal to young readers so a series that captures the current desire for short bursts of information presented in a non-traditional way deserves serious consideration for adding to your collection.