Thursday, 2 March 2017

Review: 'Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World'

In the run-up to Christmas and her birthday I made an Amazon wish list for Girl Child, ostensibly of books she might like but of course I snuck in a few that I would like her to read as well! One of those books was 'Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World' by Kate Pankhurst, and I was really glad her uncle bought it for her!

She didn't read it straight away - frankly, it's difficult these days to get her to read anything that isn't related to fairies or Minecraft - but she picked it out at the weekend and sat giving it a good read, so I finally got chance to check it out properly too.

It really is a great book. It features the stories of 13 women and girls whose actions had a big impact in our world, and it's a brilliant introduction to women's history.

I love how the women and girls profiled come from a real mix of different eras, ethnicities and nationalities. Some are very famous, others I'd never even heard of before - Sacagawea, anyone? She was pretty awesome! It's a really inclusive book and could be used as a springboard for discussing all sorts of issues, from gender inequality to colonialism to racial segregation and more.

The breadth of subject matter covered in the book means I don't think it's one to read cover to cover. There is just too much to take in at once and, especially for younger readers, understanding the difference between eras and cultures would probably be overwhelming. But if anything that just adds to the longevity of the book because a child can look at each woman or girl individually and keep coming back to learn more.

As you might have guessed from the picture above, Girl Child's main focus at the moment is Amelia Earhart. She absolutely loved reading about Amelia, over and over again. It was really exciting to see her getting enthralled in this fantastic role model's story, and she loved the quirky illustrations.

This is definitely a book for reading with an adult present, because it does cover some difficult topics - for instance, it goes into the life of Anne Frank, which could be confusing or upsetting for a child to read independently. I think, at age 5, Girl Child is probably only just old enough for some of the content, but it is a really gentle and carefully worded introduction into bigger issues so I don't think anyone should be put off by that.

In all I really love this book and I hope Girl Child enjoys using it to learn about women and girls from the past who achieved great things or shaped the world we live in today. 

Now, anybody got any recommendations for books about Amelia Earhart?! Seriously, there's an obsession going on here!

Linking up with 'Read With Me' hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.


  1. A fantastic book and as a mum to four daughters it is one I'll be getting for my kids, thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Thanks, I thoroughly recommend it for girls and boys alike be especially girls, it has so many great role models in it.

  2. I absolutely LOVE this book, I think it is one of the most important children's books I've read for a long time. How wonderful to see your daughter so inspired by Amelia Earhart! Have you seen the Little People Big Dreams series of books? There is one of Amelia Earhart

    1. Ooh thanks for the tip, I'll have to try and get a copy of that!