Born in 1820, Florence Nightingale was an English girl with ideas about how to take care of sick people. But nobody wanted to hear them at first…even her parents! Why?
- Because she was a girl.
- Because she was a lady.
Really. In the 1800s that’s how it was. But Florence was persistent and she became a game changer. Because of her efforts, many, many lives were saved.
Florence is most famous for her work during the Crimean War 1853-1856, which took place in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea. The Black Sea is surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria.The war was fought between Russia and an alliance of countries that included France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire and Sardinia.
Florence was British and followed the war in the newspaper like many other people in her country.The Crimean war was the first time journalists and photographers reported back “home” what battles were like and what life was like for a soldier. People back home didn’t much like what they saw. Nobody liked getting a look at how the wounded soldiers were treated.
Lots of soldiers died from cholera – an infectious disease contracted from infected water supplies. According to The British Science Museum: War & Medicine, “during the war, 16,000 British soldiers died of sickness, and only 2600 were killed in battle.” That’s how bad it was! Florence had ideas about how clean and organized hospitals should be, something we take for granted now, but wasn’t known back then. She brought a team of nurses to Crimea and made a difference. This book is Florence’s story. Find out how she convinced her parents, hospitals and the British Army to listen. She was a girl. She was a lady. She was a nurse. Yes, a person can be all three!
Story about the Crimean War & Florence Nightingale:
Enola Holmes is still living undercover determined NOT to let her older brothers Mycroft and Sherlock find her and enroll her in some kind of awful boarding school where she will spend her days tied up in an excrutiatingly uncomfortable corset learning positively boring things like needlework. Instead, Enola lives in London in a shabby but comfortable boarding house passing herself off as Miss Meshle, the assistant to Dr. Leslie Ragostin, Scientific Perditorian – a finder of lost things. Actually, Enola is ALSO Dr. Leslie, so it is Enola who finds all the lost things…a mystery solver just like her brother Sherlock.This time, the mystery is too close for comfort when Enola’s boarding house is ransacked and her landlady, old Mrs. Tupper, is kidnapped. Mrs. Tupper is a really nice old lady but doesn’t have a penny to her name. What in the world would anybody want old, deaf Mrs. Tupper for? The mystery itself, involves smuggling during the Crimean War, and an appearance by none other than Florence Nightingale. Author: Nancy Springer
- Amazon Look Inside: Florence Nightingale
- GoodReads: Florence Nightingale
- GoogleBooks: Florence Nightingale
- Official Website Demi
- KidsReads: Demi
- BBC History: Florence Nightingale
- The Life and Letters of Florence Nightingale
- Florence Nightingale Museum: Digitized Collection (Images of things like the clothes she wore and the tools she used.)
- University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing: Nursing History
- University of Virginia School of Nursing: History of Nursing (Some great old photos of nurses.)
- Library of Congress: Fenton Crimean War Photographs
- The National Archives: Crimea 1854