Sunday, 10 February 2019

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst

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2018, fluent reader, Key Stage 2 , ages 9-11

This book introduces the young reader to fourteen women who have made their mark on the world: Boudicca, Harriet Tubman, Flora Drummond, Qui Jin, Noor Inayat Khan, Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, Valentina Tereshkova, Josephine Baker,  Pocahonta, Hatshepsut, Mary Wollstonecraft,  Mart Shelley,  Sayyid al Hurra and Ada Lovelace. Each woman has a double spread to herself though mother and daughter Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley share a spread.  A final double spread displays a series of book spines, one for each woman featured.  The sub-title to each book is a reminder of that woman’s main characteristics.   

Each double spread is filled with snippets of factual material.  The text is enlightened with quirky two-dimensional drawings and some extra extraordinary facts.  Each page is very busy and the reader may not wish to read in a linear fashion.

There are a variety of fonts – mainly serif and with difficult ‘a’s and ‘g’s. Some chunks of text are boxed off. This make it easier to distinguish the different sections.  
There is also a glossary at the end of the book of some of the more demanding expressions.
This is a good book for dipping into and it’s likely that it will be read over and over again.
It seeks to motivate girls.    

1 comment:

Directors at BikeRight! said...

I love all these 'inspiration' books. My latest favourite is Once Upon a Time in Birmingham: Women who Dared to Dream, (Emma Press), featuring amongst others my hero Malala Youfzala. I grew up in Brum, but wasn't very inspired while I was there, so this is a welcome antidote.