Zaha Hadid: Book Review

She was a curious and confident child, who designed her own modernist bedroom at nine years old. 

Title: Zaha Hadid
Series: Little People, Big Dreams
Author: Maria Isabel Sanc
Illustrator: Asun Amar
ISBN: 9781786037442          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Type: Historically based on factual people/events
Themes: architecture,

What's it about?
Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by music. She was a curious and confident child, who designed her own modernist bedroom at nine years old. As a young woman studying at University in Beirut, she was described as the most outstanding pupil the teacher had ever met. With her spectacular vision and belief in the power of architecture, she founded her own firm and designed some of the most outstanding buildings in the world—including the London 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre

Like always the text is easy to read. The story is told in chronological order.


My Thoughts
The series continues with two new books being released in Little People, Big Dreams; my review of Mary Shelley will post tomorrow! This book was released on the 1st October 2019.

Admittedly I didn't know who Zaha was before reading this book. I read it for the first time with my children who thought her buildings looked cool but struggled with understanding why it was new for a woman to be an architect.

This book would be ideal for using in timeline activities, POC (persons of colour) focus units, and STEM literacy lessons.

I found this one okay but I wasn't as drawn to it as much as previous ones. I'm not sure why.

One comment my son did make was about when a man would be in the next book. This is something I need to look into as from memory I've only read stories from this series about women, so that's perhaps a balance that may need to be addressed.

Edited to add: There are some males featured in the Little People, Big Dreams series, but definitely more females at this point. 


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