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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts (28 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074967413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749674137
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exciting new stories about famous people and great events by top authors.

About the Author

Trish is a multi award-winning author and writes books for children as a full time career. She has also written and presented numerous programmes at the BBC including Playdays, Tweenies and Eastenders. Trish lives in Bradford, Yorkshire.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerseychickpunk on 3 Mar. 2012
I go totally mad when it comes to books in my classroom. I have spent a fortune building up an interesting library of all my own purchases. This is a wonderful book that the children enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. C. Ward on 3 Dec. 2012
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Would recommend for any young readers!! My daughter is six and read it relatively comfortably. She took it to school to share with her friends And the teacher was so impressed she ordered her own copy !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Dyson on 28 Oct. 2012
I used this book with my class for Black History Month. The book is a very simple version of the life of Mary Seacole but it was a good introduction to her. The illustrations are lovely.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Lynn McDonald on 11 Sept. 2014
IThis children’s book has much misinformation in it, and even the “About the book” section is false--it acknowledges that “some of the characters” in the book are fictional--Thomas is--but that the subject is based on real events in history. However, nearly every sentence that follows is wrong, beginning with the claim that Seacole’s mother was a nurse, that she ran a hospital in Kingston, and that Seacole did, too.
Seacole’s purpose in going to the Crimea is said to have been to battle against the Russians, but Seacole herself said it was to set up a “mess table and comfortable quarters” for British officers. The clientele of these fictional hospitals are also falsely described as soldiers--Seacole sold wine, champagne and luxury foods to officers, and catered their dinner parties and sporting events.
Exceptionally, the book is correct in stating that there was no room for Seacole at Nightingale’s hospital. It is soon dead wrong again in having her going out onto the battlefield “each day” to help injured soldiers--quite an impossibility since she missed the first three, major, battles of the war. She was present, according to her own memoir, at precisely three battles--but most of her time in the Crimea was after the terrible first winter. There was no fighting during the second winter and her business prospered: “my restaurant was always full,” she said, but the word “restaurant” is never used in Hopscotch History.
The illustrations are also phony. The front cover has Seacole in a blue-and-white nurse’s uniform, but she never wore a uniform at all, for she never was a nurse. She dressed more flamboyantly, as a restaurant proprietress would. The blue-and-white uniform was worn by Nightingale nurses later in London (the nurse’s uniform at Scutari was dull grey).
Too bad that other readers liked it--one has to be wary when reading on Seacole--there is no much bad information out there.
For other examples of misinformation see www.maryseacole.info/
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