Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

fantasticallygreatwomenFollowing on from my review of Good Night Stories for Girls is this rather wonderful picture book about great women who changed to world.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is an engaging picture book for older children. There is quite a bit of text in it, so it wouldn’t necessarily make for a great bedtime story for preschool aged children. That said, the pictures are captivating and there is plenty to discuss and interest younger children too.

I guess the book is aimed at girls, but there is nothing “girly” about the book at all. It’s simply a fun look at thirteen women who had an impact on history. Each woman is given a double page spread, both filled with pictures and text.

The women included are. Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Mary Anning, Marie Curie, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawea, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks and Anne Frank. All remarkable and worthy of a place in the book.

I love this paragraph at the start of the book.

“The Women in this book didn’t start out to be throught of as ‘great’. They achieved extraordinary things simply by following their hearts, talents and freams. They didn’t listen when people said they couldn’t do something. They dared to be different. And some of them couldn’t resist a crazy adventure or three.” 

So, as well as being informative, the book is inspirational too. There is a final double page called the “Gallery of Greatness” that expounds what you need to do in order to make your mark. An inspiration for all of us, young or old, male or female.

The book is a great way to introduce children to many important moments in history. World War II and the Holocaust, The Civil Rights movement, and the history of dinosaurs to name but three. It really is a brilliant introduction to history and its fantastically great women.

Amazon Link

Surrey Library Link



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