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Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Kate Pankhurst's hugely successful, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, number one best-selling children's non-fiction title. This beautiful title looks at the stories, accomplishments and adventures of many more brilliant women from throughout history.

Travel through the Underground Railroad with the brave and courageous Harriet Tubman, turn the pages of the hauntingly brilliant Frankenstein with the incredibly talented Mary Shelley and prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey through history with these and many other remarkable women.

Overflowing with vibrant and beautiful illustrations, and wonderfully engaging text, Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is a celebration of just some of the inspirational women who put their mark on the world we live in. Written by the incredibly talented Kate Pankhurst, prepare to be inspired.

List of women featured: Elizabeth Blackwell, Qiu Jin, Boudicca, Flora Drummond, Pocahontas, Noor Inayat Khan, Harriet Tubman, Valentina Tereshkova, Ada Lovelace, Sayyida al-Hurra, Hatshepsut, Josephine Baker, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley

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17th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 9781408878903
5 stars
Really lovely pictures and information. Great for ks2. Nice links to topics like ww2, the Romans and America (Pochahontus) 
2nd February '19
I read it to RosaRoo aged 10 aged 10
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 9781408878903
5 stars
After receiving the 'Fantasically great women who changed the world' as a gift, when we spotted this one in town, we just had to buy it. And again we were not disappointed. It is a really fun style of book, with snippets of interesting info on all these great women.
11th March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 9781408878903
5 stars
'More than that of a bedtime book, more than that of a story-time book, even more than that of just a non-fiction or information book; this is an anytime-of-the-day book... that succeeds yet again in capturing not only the imagination but also the inspiration of a generation!'

I'm absolutely delighted that this hugely-successful series - written by the supremely talented Kate Pankhurst - is back especially after the success of its first, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World which became the number one best-selling children's non-fiction title in the UK market in 2017Like its predecessor, this one again stands itself in high acclaim and continues to come highly recommended.

Journey through history as we are introduced to many more truly wonderful women in the form of:
Ada Lovelace, mathematical mastermind and early computer programming prodigy who created patterns known as algorithms which have recently been added as a key skill to be taught to children on the curriculum.
Boudicca, warrior queen of the Iceni tribe who ruled alone and battled hard against the might of the Romans who initially underestimated her power.
Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman ever to be awarded a degree in medicine.
Flora Drummond, one of a group of prominent suffragettes whose efforts lead women towards the equality they deserved by gaining the right to vote for some women in 1918.
Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave who decided that enough was enough and searched for her freedom.
Hatshepsut, who became one of the most successful pharaohs of Ancient Egypt reigning for 20 years by being a strong leader especially in times of threat and danger.
Josephine Baker, a teenager-turned-superstar that wowed audiences in theatre performances across the world, was given a leading role in one of the first shows with an all-black cast to be shown on Broadway who settled in Paris, a city that allowed her to be herself.
Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley, the mother-and-daughter duo whose famous writing and books such as Vindications of the Rights of Women and Frankenstein initially shocked and scared people at the time but which is still read today and now regarded as classic literature, over two centuries later.
Qiu Jin, a knowledgeable and fearless lady who travelled across to Japan at a young age to gain more respect than she was receiving in China at the time, but who came back to rebel against the government and the dynasty and who revolutionised equality and rights for women within the country.
Noor Inayat Khan, the first female wireless operator to be sent into Nazi-occupied France during World War Two and awarded with the highest honour for bravery - the George Medal for her efforts.
Pocahontas, the daughter of the chief of a Native American tribe, often more known through the Disney films, who tried to embrace and bring together the two sides of colonisation by growing the understanding that all people, no matter their culture, deserve respect and kindness.
Sayyida-al-Hurra, a pirate queen who ruled the seas around Morocco, after emigrating there from the kingdom of Granada, and fought back against her enemies, the very same people that forced her from her own country.
Valentina Tereshkova, whose ambitions carried her all the way to a different dimension as she became the first woman astronaut in space.

Kate really does all of these incredible women justice in this book and frankly they all deserve a place here but my own personal favourites include Ada Lovelace, Noor Inayat Khan and Dr Elizabeth Blackwell, most recently voted as the winning woman in a National Book Tokens poll to find out the public's favourite female who changed history.

This book should not just solely be treated as an excellent introduction to the lives, the adventures and the accomplishments of these women but also, a celebration to tell of these trailblazers who were ahead of their time; to highlight the heroics of these heroines; and to champion them as catalysts of change who pushed boundaries, shifted perceptions and transformed life as we now know it in all their rightful and resplendently-drawn glory.

This range of creative geniuses, great thinkers and pivotal pioneers have certainly left their legacy on society, history and life in more ways than one. At the time, however, whilst being a leading lady eventually resulted in success; it also meant that they too had their own personal hardships that they had to overcome. Much adversity stood in their way such as daring to fight stereotypes and tradition against gender inequality, racism and sexism to suffering segregation, poverty,  persecution and rejection.  These women truly demonstrated characteristics of steely grit, drive and determination, inner strength, resilience and self-confidence in their abilities in order to have their presence even merely acknowledged, their opinions heard and to break down the barriers put before and the glass ceilings put above them. This is why it is important that not only the successes, but the backgrounds of these remarkable role models need to be shared with all.

This would be a perfect read to share and discuss in the classroom and at home to complement a whole range of subjects and topics within the curriculum. It could also be used for help with homework, for research leading to further learning opportunities but above all, for enjoyment and reading for pleasure because it is more than that of a bedtime book, more than that of a story-time book, even more than that of a non-fiction or information book; this is an anytime-of-the-day book that should be pored over by child, pupil, parent, grandparent, teacher and any reader alike. I think reading and sharing this book together would be an equally valuable learning experience for all.

To have a book with such an-all encompassing, wide scope of age and appeal is only tantamount to its superb quality in delivering its informational content in a wholly accessible, encouraging, and child and adult-friendly format. With its factually-fantastic double-page spreads featuring just the right combination of information with Kate's original and characteristically distinctive illustrations that visually complement one another, it really is a historical, social, cultural, literary, scientific, geographical, mathematical and early technological lesson all rolled in to one.

Coupled with Kate's initial offering, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, these books together would make incredibly worthy additions to every class, school, home and library bookshelf as they could indeed change the world and make history themselves through their potentially long-lasting impact on this generation and the next.

So as a teacher or parent, ask yourself this: how will the children in your class or home go on to make history?
Well after reading this, you can be guaranteed to have a class-full or home-full of budding history-makers and visionaries aspiring to want to follow in the footsteps and discover more about these fantastically great women. 

What more could you want...?
13th November '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to PineY4 aged 9 to 10
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 9781408878903
5 stars
What a fantastic way to learn about history, with an empowering message to girls all over the world. Using this with my class during various topics, We especially enjoyed the 2 page spread on Boudicca. A feisty historical figure whose story was told through illustrations and short bursts of information. I found this book so helpful in engaging all kinds of children, especially those who would not normally want to read. I love the way it is presented, using clear information with a great use of colour.
3rd February '18
Berrylookalike read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 9781408878903
5 stars
Following on from Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, this book introduces young readers to more fantastic women role models. A wonderfully original and diverse collection of women, including some names children may have come across through Horrible Histories etc, like Boudicca and Harriet Tubman, as well as fascinating women who they are less likely to have come across before, like Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut and pirate queen Sayyida al-Hurra. With the fun and accessible approach that make the first book such a success, this is full of information and inspiration. The level of detail makes this book perfect for key stage 2 as well as younger readers. We love it!
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About Kate Pankhurst

Holly Webb lives with her husband, sons and three cats. She started writing several years ago while working as a children's books editor. She has written over ninety books including the Animal Stories, My Naughty Little Puppy and Maisie Hitchins series for Stripes Publishing. In 2012 she wrote The Clever Little Kitten for World Book Day. Holly lives in Tileh...

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