Taking the Lead – David Hill. Illustrated by Phoebe Morris.



Penguin Australia

  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143774518
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • RRP: $19.99

It’s no secret that so many of us have the utmost admiration for the remarkable Jacinda Ardern – and no doubt that we not-so-secretly wish we had a leader of her calibre ourselves. This is a ‘Mighty Girl’ book that is so timely as the New Zealand Prime Minister continues to impress the globe with her skill, compassion and true leadership.

The book provides young readers with the background to this amazing woman beginning with her childhood and tracing her career until its current pinnacle as a national leader who is both widely and deeply respected.

In 2019 the US magazine Fortune put Jacinda on its list of the world’s greatest leaders. 

Rightly so and it has not gone unnoticed in our current global pandemic that the most respected national leaders who are making the greatest inroads into dealing with Covid-19 are all female. Who said that women are not suited to politics? How far have we come since the suffragette days in this respect?

Written simply but with enough detail to satisfy the curiosity of readers and with a double spread time-line at the end, the simple but effective illustrations are a strong visual confirmation of the overall simple and modest nature of this inspirational woman.

Needless to say, I cannot recommend it highly enough to readers from around 8 years upwards and for those who undertake units of work on inspirational or significant people this will indeed be a boon.


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