Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: Florence Nightingale: War Nurse by Anne Colver

Synopsis: Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy, noble family. Instead of marriage and prestige, she chose to learn nursing in a time when that was a coarse profession, with no training and only taken by women who could find no work else were. Nightingale elevated it to the status we known today, and became a national hero for her work in the Crimea and her push to establish schools and standards for nursing.

This is biography for children, so it is understandably basic and introductory. The vocabulary is simple and the syntax and sentence structure of easy. The story is true, however sparse, and does cover the basics of Nightingales's life, although it lacks the depth and emotion of the a larger adult novel. I would recommend this as an excellent beginners book, suitable for a 2nd-3rd grade reading level. While it is about a girl, boys will be interested in the Crimea description and the blood'n'guts aspect.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 12-10-11
Pages: 80

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