Author(s): David Hill; Phoebe Morris
An inspiring illustrated story for children about Jacinda Ardern, and her meteoric rise to become the world's youngest female leader.
Nobody is too young to start changing the world.
When Jacinda was little, she wanted to be a clown. But when she saw schoolmates who didn't have lunch, or even shoes, she knew she had to do something. Some kids laughed at her for wanting to help people so much, or said she couldn't do it. But that didn't stop Jacinda.
She became the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the world's youngest female leader.
This is the true story of a trailblazer who has inspired people around the planet, told by award-winning author and illustrator.
Bella & Lucy Bailey's Review:
Some people complained that she was too "girly" or should be starting a family, but Jacinda just ignored them, and got on with her work.
The latest book in David Hill's Kiwi Legends series, Taking the Lead, tells the story of Jacinda Ardern, the youngest Prime Minister in 160 years. They will definitely need to add a few pages after this latest crisis Jacinda is taking the lead on!
Accompanied by rich illustrations from Phoebe Morris, the story documents the narrative of her life before, and after, rising to power. From her childhood days of driving tractors and dreams of becoming a clown, Taking the Lead also pinpoints the milestones which shaped Ardern into the person she is today, such as working in a soup kitchen in New York, dealing with media criticism when first elected, and her response to the Christchurch shootings in March 2019.
Taking the Lead is the perfect book for showing children that they're never too young to make a difference. Jacinda "doesn't believe she is more special than any other working parent...But she hopes the things she's done might help everyone, especially girls, to believe they can also do things and go places."
An inspiring read for age 4+
Meet Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who hopes the things she's done will help everyone, especially children, to believe that they can do great things too.
David Hill (Author)
David Hill is a prolific and highly regarded New Zealand writer, playwright, poet, columnist and critic. Best known for his highly popular and award-winning body of work for young people, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction, his novels have been published all around the world and translated into several languages. In 2004 David was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and in 2005 he was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, acknowledging his significant contribution to children's literature in New Zealand.
He lives in New Plymouth.
Phoebe Morris (Illustrator)
Freelance illustrator Phoebe Morris works from a small studio in Wellington. Dinosaur Hunter is her fifth collaboration with acclaimed author David Hill in their award-winning picture book series of biographies of famous Kiwis. She is also the illustrator of the Frankie Potts series, with author Juliet Jacka. In 2018 Phoebe was a finalist for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults' Russell Clark Award for Illustration. Find out more about Phoebe's work at phoebemorriscreative.com