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Lottie the Little Wonder

"This charming illustrated story of Wimbledon’s youngest ladies’ singles champion is an inspiring joy."

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Interest Age 5-8

Part of the beautifully packaged Little Gems series (illustrated small-format fiction that puts young readers’ first), Katherine Woodfine’s Lottie the Little Wonder shares the inspiring story of the real Lottie Dod, who won the 1887 Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Championship when she was just 15, and went on to win it a further four times. 

In the opening chapters, we’re transported to Lottie’s early childhood days in rambling Edgeworth house. While Mother ensures her children have everything they need — and more — she’s wary of letting them do anything outside Edgeworth. 

Then, when tennis fever grips the outside world and Mother installs a court at home, Lottie discovers her remarkable talent for the sport. Despite being told that “Everyone knows girls can’t play tennis as well as boys,” she works her way to winning Wimbledon.

Accompanied by Ella Okstad’s delightful illustrations — they truly conjure the characters and capture the period — and pitched perfectly for 6+-year-olds, Lottie the Little Wonder is a stirring story of a girl who refused to be curtailed by conventions of her day. A story that will chime with young readers who, like Lottie, don’t feel small and know they’re “just as important as anyone else”.

Joanne Owen

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Yet another great Little Gem book - perfect for children moving onto early chapter books as this book had lots of beautiful illustrations to help keep young readers interests.

What a delightful little book this is. I listened to my daughter read this in one day (she's 7 years old) and we both loved hearing about the adventures that little Lottie went on. Learning about gender in sport was a great conversation starter too and my daughter was amazed to hear that in years gone by women were not allowed to play the same sports as men and were often discouraged.... Read Full Review

Helen Robinson