Kidlit :: Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet :: Kate Pankhurst

Hello and happy International Woman’s Day!
I have always loved reading stories about wonderful women, and now as a mum it’s really important to me to share those sorts of stories with my daughter. Luckily there’s a bunch of amazing kids’ books around that put the spotlight on women and their achievements. This one, Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Pankhurst, arrived in my letterbox a few weeks ago and became an instant favourite in our house (my daughter begged my to read it with her literally the very moment we opened the package!).

Here’s some info about it from the Bloomsbury website:

From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another ‘smart, informative, inclusive and accessible’ book about trail-blazing women. This time, it’s women who have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories.

Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it’s important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai.

We’re in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to ‘wake up’ and take action. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.

This is Pankhurst’s third book collecting the stories of Fantastically Great Women, and we loved that it focused on ways women had helped the planet – I am always impressed by how aware of climate and sustainability issues my daughter is at only 6 years old, and she was really interested to learn more. Each and every story presented in the book had her completely engaged – I think it is a perfect balance of text and illustration, and way that parts of the stories were told through the illustrations made it really fun and accessible. I think this series is a perfect option for kids who aren’t ready for more text-heavy narratives yet. We also really liked that it has a glossary at the back for any words that might be new or tricky for readers.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for Pankhurst’s previous books, and this one is on my list of titles to give as presents this year!

The lovely team at Bloomsbury not only sent us a copy of this one to enjoy, but have passed on some questions to the author, so I’m looking forward to sharing a Q&A here soon!
In the mean time, you can find out more about Kate Pankhurst on her website.

xo Bron

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet by Kate Panhurst
Out now.
Source: Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending this one our way!
Category: Kids non-fiction picture book
Themes: Feminism, climate, sustainability
Format: Paperback, 
RRP: $14.99


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