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Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories

Written by Kate Pankhurst

Illustrated by Kate Pankhurst

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 History Non-Fiction People / Places Science True Stories

LoveReading View on Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories

Inspirational fact-packed profiles of the female trailblazers behind major scientific innovations

Written and illustrated with infectious verve, Kate Pankhurst’s Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories puts paid to any notion that women’s role in science has been peripheral. In fact, despite huge impediments, and thanks to their intellect and tenacity, this inspiring book shows how women have been at the heart of many major discoveries - from finding the cure for malaria, to spearheading revolutionary DNA research, to making monumental advances in the fields of volcanology, astronomy, botany and chemistry (and more).


Through an engaging blend of text, comic strips, fact boxes and diagrams, the book explores eight life-changing scientific innovators in detail. The fact that most of the scientists aren’t household names tells you everything you need to know about the importance of this book - these are innovators whose names should be known. Take Tu Youyou, for example, the Chinese chemist who spent months on a remote island researching traditional medicines in order to discover a cure for malaria, testing potentially dangerous preparations on herself - and all this against the precarious backdrop of the Cultural Revolution that saw her separated from her family and sworn to secrecy. Then there’s out-of-this-world Mae Jemison, an astoundingly multi-talented woman who grew up watching the first space missions during the Civil Rights Movement and went on to become the first African-American woman astronaut in 1992.

Informative, inspiring and presented with passion and clarity, this is children’s non-fiction at its finest.

Joanne Owen

More About This Book

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World has sold over 280,000 copies and has been translated in 20 languages. It is a no.1 bestseller in the UK and remains the original and best book in its genre.

Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories Synopsis

Prepare to be inspired with this fantastically great new series for young readers. Researched, written and illustrated by the bestselling author Kate Pankhurst, who is a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, this is a study into eight women with varied and brilliant careers in science from astronaut to chemist, and botanist to volcanologist. As well as a focus on science, this book covers key historical events, including the First World War, the Vietnam War, the Cultural Revolution, the Slave Trade and the Space Race.

In this first book, read the true stories of amazing scientists and discover things that are out of this world. Women have been responsible for many of the world's most groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, tells the stories of some incredible female scientists whose hard work and persistence changed our understanding of science, and transformed people's ideas of what women can do.

As a child Mae Jemison imagined herself reaching for the stars and that's exactly what she did: she became the first African-American woman to go into space.

When Elizabeth Blackwell was told women weren't allowed to be doctors, she didn't take no for an answer.

Tu Youyou spent months on a remote island during the Vietnam War to try and invent a treatment for malaria - and she did it.

Including comic strips, family trees, maps and more, Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories is a celebration of women who made some of the world's most important scientific breakthroughs.

Women featured: Mae Jemison, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, Janaki Ammal, Caroline Herschel, Katia Krafft, Tu Youyou and Rosalind Franklin.

Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories Press Reviews

Praise for Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders;

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. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

Praise for Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World;

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  

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: 9781526615336
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Kate Pankhurst
Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 184 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: History, Non-Fiction, People / Places, Science, True Stories

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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