Florence Nightingale by David R. Collins

Florence Nightingale

By David R. Collins
Level 6

This beautifully written book is inspiring and packed with educational and literary value. Children of all ages should find the story engaging. I loved the messages about God, faith, sacrifice, kindness, courage, persistence, hard work, selflessness, humility, and love. I highly recommend this book but only with parental discussion because the book does make it seem that Florence Nightingale’s choice to follow her nursing career rather than choosing to marry and raise a family was an acceptable or even a noble choice. Those who feel that marriage, family, and motherhood are the highest calling available to women will want to discuss that with children as they read. A fantastic biography—one without this concern, and one that I liked even better—is Florence Nightingale by Laura E. Richards.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Period 19th Century, 1800s
Genre Biography, Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • 3.5 Entertainment Value
  • 4 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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