Ladybird Tuesday has had to take a bit of a backseat since lockdown began here in the UK. My Ladybird collection has been incredibly useful in helping me to home school the kids, but in terms of making time to write blog posts, things have been a bit more difficult!
It seems somewhat appropriate right now to start our Ladybird homeschooling journey with the nurse that all the new NHS field hospitals are being names after – Florence Nightingale.
Now, the name Florence Nightingale was already incredibly familiar to loads of people even before this pandemic, but how much do you really know about her? Yes, I could say that she often went by the name of “the Lady with the Lamp”, but that was roughly were my knowledge petered out.
I don’t pretend that the Florence Nightingale book from the Adventures from History series (series 561) is the authoritative guide on the woman, but it is definitely a good starting point, especially for children. It was published as the 7th title in this series, which possibly shows just how important a figure in history she was considered to be back in 1959 when this series was originally published.
Born in Florence, Italy (hence her name) in 1820 Florence’s father was a rich man who returned to England when she was still small. She was. solemn little girl whose favourite game was to pretend that her dolls were sick, and to nurse them back to health. It’s no surprise then that she went on to become a nurse. But, back then nursing was not seen as a profession that a girl from a “good background” should go into, and Florence had to fight to be allowed to go to Germany and Paris to study nursing, which only happened when she was 30.
The Crimean War in 1854 was when Florence went from “just” being a nurse to being probably the most famous nurse there ever was.
Not only was she a nurse, but also a leader and a very determined woman. After hearing how British troops were suffering compared to the French after being injured she responded for a call to go out and nurse the troops. The rest, as they say, is history.
As with so many of the titles in the Adventures in History series, Florence Nightingale gives an excellent first introduction to both the Lady with the Lamp, and also the Crimean War and the change of attitudes to nursing troops injured on the front line. It certainly here in 2020 gives children an excellent insight into why the new NHS hospitals are being named after her.
If you’re looking for a modern book on Florence Nightingale for you children then there is a great selection available on Amazon here. There are also various titles suited to adult readers who want to learn a bit more about her.
Ladybird Tuesday is a regular feature here on Penny Reads where I delve into my Ladybird book collection and choose a title to share with my readers. The weekly series originally started on my old blog, Being Mrs C, and this post originally appeared on there. I’m now in the process of moving all those posts over to Penny Reads and also adding titles that I have acquired since then. A list is currently being compiled here of all the titles I have in my collection.
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