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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World was a Christmas present but it has taken us a while to read about each of the thirteen women who have made a big impact on history, not just in their own countries but worldwide. The defining moments in each woman’s life are shown on beautifully illustrated pages which are full of information about their achievements in times when women’s rights and intellect weren’t recognised.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World:

  • Jane Austen – author
  • Gertrude Ederle – swimmer
  • Frida Kahlo – artist
  • Coco Chanel – fashion designer
  • Mary Anning – palaeontologist
  • Marie Curie – scientist
  • Mary Seacole – nurse
  • Amelia Earhart – pilot
  • Agent Fifi – secret agent
  • Sacagawea – translator / explorer
  • Emmeline Pankhurst – suffragette
  • Rosa Parks – activist
  • Anne Frank – diarist

Each woman is featured on her own double page spread which is fascinating to read. There are so many interesting pieces of information that it is impossible to absorb everything in one sitting. We read about one woman at a time which gave my daughter the opportunity to ask questions and time to do further research if she wanted. Anne Frank’s page led to a discussion about the treatment of Jews during World War Two and a look at photos of concentration camps. When we read about Rosa Parks my daughter was horrified to hear that she was discriminated against because of her skin colour. The final double spread shows all the women, each with her own piece of inspirational advice for readers. A ‘Fantastically Great Words’ page at the end of the book explains more unfamiliar words including gramophone, corset and persecuted.

The women have made an impact in so many different ways and I was also introduced to women that I hadn’t heard of including Sacagawea (a teenage Native American girl with a baby, who played an important part in an expedition to discover uncharted areas of North America) and Agent Fifi (whose life as a secret agent during World War Two was only recently made public).

This would make a fabulous addition to a school library and / or a classroom book corner and would be a fantastic resource for a history topic. It has proved to be an interesting experience reading the book with my daughter who had no knowledge of the discrimination against women or people from different cultures or religions and it has stimulated many interesting questions. Kate Pankhurst has done a great job in researching each woman (including her own distant relative, Emmeline Pankhurst) and has ensured that a non fiction picture book is appealing, extremely informative and fun to read.

Age Range: 7 +

Author / Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst


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32 responses to “Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst”


  1. Carol Cameleon avatar

    Oh wow, what a fantastic book! And I did wonder about the author’s name. What a list of women. Our daughter is 7 and I really think she’d love this (though I’d probably like it slightly more!). Such a good idea! #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s the type of book that spans generations which is lovely. It’s great to share a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages 🙂


  2. Acorn Books avatar

    I absolutely adore this book, it’s truly wonderful! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s great isn’t it! I love books with lots of facts that you can dip in and out of 🙂


  3. Colette avatar

    Oh what a great book! This is definitely one to add to our collection.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a fantastic book to have on a bookshelf! It’s enjoyable and informative for parents as well as children 🙂


  4. Lauren Belle Du Brighton avatar

    What an amazing sounding book! Definitely one to add to my daughters wish list!


    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope that your daughter enjoys it, mine has learnt so much from it 🙂


  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    A lovely motivational book for girls #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s also good for boys to see the positive impacts that women make too 🙂


  6. Candy Gourlay avatar

    Thanks for the nudge! Ordering my copy immediately!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fabulous book. Enjoy!


  7. Helena avatar

    This looks like a fantastic book reflecting it’s not just males that can make a difference. #mmbc


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great book for showing girls that they can achieve just as much, if not more, than their male counterparts 🙂


  8. The Breastest News avatar

    That sounds like a fantastic book and one I think I’ll need to get to read to my son and daughter. Away to look for it now 🙂
    #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope that both your children enjoy the book 🙂


  9. Lisa avatar

    Oh I actually saw this book and had a quick look through, it really is fabulous. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it for my Goddaughter #MMBC x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great picture book to inspire future generations of fantastic women 🙂


  10. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds fantastic. I hadn’t heard of some of these, I’d like to have a read of this!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great book and I learnt lots from it too!


  11. Carol avatar

    Sounds wonderful and inspiring.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really interesting, there are some inspiring stories.


  12. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    This book sounds fab. Several names I haven’t heard of either. I wonder if being related to Emmeline Pankhurst was the inspiration for the author #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I also wondered if that was the author’s inspiration. It will be interesting to see if Kate will do any more, there are so many more inspiring men and women that she could introduce children to 🙂


  13. BookBairn avatar

    I want this book so much but BookBairn is too young for it really! I should probably just buy it for myself! And I can always share it with her when she is older. #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      This is a book that you can by now and keep for later, it’s a dipping in over the ages book 🙂


  14. suz avatar

    This looks a great book and an important read for both girls and boys. Thanks for reviewing
    #readwithme


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      It is just as important for boys to read this book as girls. It would also be interesting to ask children if there are any other women that they would have included in this book.


  15. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    I’ve seen so many fab reviews for this one, must get it for my girls! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great book, one to keep going back to and not just for children. I used it with my adult students this morning 🙂


  16. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, it sounds like you chose the perfect book to read this week. Not only do books like this inspire, but they make us stop and realise that if you put your mind to something anything is possible even against the odds. I have not heard of all the women in the list, but each and every one of them is a true inspiration.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great book and has inspired us to make our own list of inspirational women that we would also add to those already mentioned in the book. So far we would add Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale.