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Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Written by Kate Pankhurst

Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Ecological and Environmental Interest - Non Fiction Non-Fiction People / Places

LoveReading View on Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Empowering and entertaining compendium of women who made a difference to the planet

February 2020 Book of the Month

Nothing is higher profile or more topical currently than concern for the planet, making this subject an excellent choice for the next topic to get the highly successful Kate Pankhurst treatment. Continuing her quest to pay tribute to the often-overlooked female pioneers in any field of human endeavour with her mission to provide accessible and engaging non- fiction, Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet does all that and more. Once again, I was struck by the fascinating and diverse choices of the featured women and girls. Some are relatively well-known: such as Anita Roddick who founded the Body Shop and Jane Goodall and her pioneering research and protection work with chimpanzees. But I had never heard of Edith Farkas who discovered the ozone hole in the Antarctic or Mária Telkes and her pioneering work on solar power.  Even more inspiring is the evidence that everyone, however humble, can make a difference. Such as Isatou Geesay in the Gambia and her fight against plastic pollution or the Chipko movement in India, village women literally hugging trees to prevent the deforestation of their land and the floods and landslides which would follow. Each double-page spread has accessible paragraphs of text and lively cartoon illustrations and speech bubbles to tell the story concisely and clearly. This visual style is very engaging to young readers and has great shelf appeal. A useful glossary of terms and a page of inspiring calls to action complete the book. Another triumph of information presentation. Highly recommended.

Joy Court

More About This Book

From deep in the ocean, around the Antarctic to the heart of a Tanzanian forest, women throughout history have made discoveries that have shown us just how amazing the Earth is and why we should look after it. Read about how Antarctic researcher Edith Farkas helped identify the hole in the Ozone Layer and made the whole world realise the effect of pollution and how Daphne Sheldrick's love for wildlife inspired her to care for young elephants who had been orphaned in the wild. In the Gambia, Isatou Ceesay is spreading the message about the damaging consequences of plastic waste and educates women in local communities about recycling. In the UK, Anita Roddick led the charge for ethical consumerism when she opened her cosmetics store, The Body Shop in 1976.

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet Synopsis

This time, it's women who have been making decisions that 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. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Strong female role models from diverse backgrounds making real impacts on our world. A timely collection for youngsters growing up in the climate emergency; providing inspiration for transforming worries into positive action for the planet. Full review

Ms Chadwick (Librarian Reviewer)

This book inspired me to do my best for the world and help look after it. I also enjoyed reading about the things other women have done to help the world. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs some inspiration. Full review

Evie Aconley (Age 13)

This is an absolutely wonderful book which every reader will hugely enjoy. It’s packed with amazing graphics and information about inspirational trailblazing women who contributed so much to save our planet. Full review

Ella O’Gorman (Age 15)

I definitely recommend this book to children AND adults who would like to be inspired by the great activists. This book is gripping and hooking. Amazing illustrations and facts. Full review

Darya (Age 10)

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet Press Reviews

From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another 'smart, informative, inclusive and accessible' book about trail-blazing women  -  Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

Praise for Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders;

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders is the third in Kate Pankhurst's colourful picture-book celebrations of notable females; with their playful use of speech bubbles and perspective shifts, they remain significantly more engaging and inspiring than the rival Rebel Girls. -- Imogen Russell Williams - The Guardian

Praise for Fantastically Great Women Who Made History;

It's a tremendously engaging read: smart, informative, inclusive and accessible, with gorgeous, visually creative art. The tone is really joyful and it's hard to imagine any group of primary-aged children who wouldn't be inspired by these stories. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

This book which is a must have for anybody - girl or boy, man or woman - it's enlightening for one and all ... it's celebratory; laying out key messages in an attractive and engaging way to inspire a new set of admirers. - Books for Keeps

Praise for Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World;

So many worthy nonfiction books for this age group have good intentions but fail to step beyond simple preaching with boring line drawings. This one succeeds, thanks to its interesting choice of role models, gorgeous colourful illustrations, a sense of humour and sharp language that informs without patronising. - The Times on

It's impossible not to be inspired by this book, written by a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, and the great women featured in it. Their stories are told across bright spreads, which are packed with information that will make readers excited about the remarkable achievements described - Absolutely Education

Every element of this book is pieced together perfectly; the amount of information, the fun way it is presented, the illustrations and of course the diverse mix of women. This book should be available in every school and every library and is sure to inspire young people to follow their hearts. - Acorn Books

An absolute must-have for every young person's bookshelf. - The Huffington Post

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408899281
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Kate Pankhurst
Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: Ecological and Environmental, Non-Fiction, People / Places

About Kate Pankhurst

Kate Pankhurst illustrates and writes from her studio in Leeds with her spotty dog, Olive. She loves a good story, the funnier the better, and gets her best ideas by doodling in her sketchbook; because even quick wonky drawings can spark ideas for amazing plots. As a child, Kate spent most of her time drawing silly characters and thinking up funny things for them to do, she feels very lucky to now do this as her job. Kate is the bestselling author and illustrator of the phenomenal Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World, nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal 2018, ...

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