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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Biographies of Fantastically Great Women (Part 2 of 2)

Part Two of Kate Pankhurst's biographies of fantastically great women.

Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2018 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

Last week, I shared biographies of great women who changed the world. Here is Part 2 of the post where I feature great women who made history.

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History

Written and Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s (2018)
ISBN-10: 1408878895
ISBN-13: 9781408878897
A review copy was provided by Pansing. Book photos taken by me.

It is fairly easy to assume that simply because we are able to celebrate women now, that it has always been this way. I do hear comments from male students who wonder about the necessity of empowering females in a society that they feel already honour and regard women as equals, and in some cases, even hold positions of power and authority over men such as themselves.

I remind my students, with great patience and deliberation, how these liberties had not always been present in society, that to take this freedom for granted is a grave dishonour to the countless of women who came before, who fought tooth and nail for the rights and privileges that young girls now enjoy and often take for granted.

Take Boudicca in the image above, for instance. She was Queen of the Celtic Iceni Tribe. The Romans during 59 AD felt that it was absurd for a female to rule and so they claimed with certainty and authority that they were in charge and treated her daughters cruelly, all in an attempt to scare Boudicca off. They were not counting on her fierce, merciless courage that indicated she would rather be dead than remain in subservience to a culture that was not her own.

I like how each full-page spread depicted the brilliance and grace, bravery and wisdom of various women coming from different countries and cultural backgrounds. I felt that this volume had greater diversity, with a layout that is considerably easier on the eye, as compared to the first one.

Hence, from Ada Lovelace to Hatshepsut, from Sayyida Al-Hurra to Noor Inayat Khan, the young reader gets a snapshot of the lives of strong women who would undoubtedly inspire them to make a difference in their own lives, and eventually shape history.

#LitWorld2018GB Update: Author is from the UK (even while the women shared in this book come from different countries).

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

4 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Biographies of Fantastically Great Women (Part 2 of 2)

  1. It is do crazy to think that certain rights given to women have been fairly recent and yet there are a lot of people who still don’t believe that should be the case. There’s still lots of work done.

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  2. lindabaie

    I hope I can find this book, have seen about it before and now your sharing makes it even more inviting, Myra. Thank you!

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  3. Marking this one down! Looks like there are some women who haven’t been given the same publicity as others are included!

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  4. Pingback: [Saturday Reads] Female Trailblazers Who Changed the World – Gathering Books

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