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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Visionary Women from the 19th century til Present Time

"Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World" by Vashti Harrison.

Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 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.


Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World

Written and Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Published by Puffin (2018)
ISBN: 0241346878 (ISBN13: 9780241346877)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

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A little over a month ago, I shared Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History (see my review here). This week, I am excited to share her more recent publication that does not only feature Bold Black Women, but visionary women from around the world.

In her Introduction, Harrison elaborated that she does not ascribe to the seeming dichotomy between science and art, believing that for anyone to be considered visionary, one often needs to straddle multiple disciplines:

… I also wanted to challenge the idea of what creativity can be. It’s a term commonly associated with artists rather than scientists. But both fields require critical thinking and inventiveness, I wanted to see the stories of all these people in the same place because when their efforts cross over, amazing things can happen.

She shared mini-biographies of 36 and 14 mini-profiles of visionary women in this compilation – from as far back as the 9th century in Tunisia, Morocco – to a woman born in 1977; there are a few who are still living such as Maya Lin and Cindy Sherman to cite a few.

Naturally, I was drawn to the narratives of women of colour: the activist from India, the entrepreneur from Ghana, the organic chemist also from India.

It is to Vashti Harrison’s credit that there are clear efforts made to provide representation of little-known visionary women from other parts of the world, even though a larger percentage of women still come from the US or the UK – although marked efforts were made to highlight migrant or native women from these countries. An example of this would be the inclusion of a woman coming from an Aboriginal Community in Queensland, Australia to represent Down Under.

I would once again repeat what I have noted in my review of the first book, however, that I would have preferred the women to appear woke (should we say #WokeWomen, please) – as opposed to the demure-looking, seemingly-servile attitude implicitly conveyed in the women’s downcast eyes. Regardless, this is a gorgeous book to add to anyone’s library.


#WomenReadWomen2019: Vashti Harrison is from the United States of America.

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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).

3 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Visionary Women from the 19th century til Present Time

  1. lindabaie

    It will be great to read this book, Myra, to learn about these little-known women & their lives. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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