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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Age Range: 6-8
Coco Chanel is another title in the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series from Frances Lincoln. This short illustrated picture book biography charts the life of one of the world's most famous designers. Following the death of her mother, Gabrielle, (later known as Coco), spent her early life in an orphanage. Although not a happy start in life this is where Chanel was taught to use a needle and thread which was to define her future. After school, she became a seamstress by day and a cabaret singer by night where she earned the nickname Coco.
Chanel started out as a hat-maker opening her first shop in 1908. She then moved on from hats to designing women's clothing – creating simple, elegant designs – freeing women from corsets which was quite daring as well as liberating for the time. In 1918 Chanel opened a couture house and three years later unveiled her first perfume Chanel No 5.
A charming, simple, retelling of Chanel's life by Spanish author Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, translated by Emma Martinez, is complimented by the striking illustrations of Ana Albero. The artwork captures this worldwide fashion icon and her comfortable, easy-to-wear styles that changed women's clothes for ever.
There is a useful facts and photo section featured at the back of the book. Another title in the series is Freda Kahlo is also reviewed on the Outside In World website.