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Fantastically Great Women Scientists and Their Stories

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

My daughter and I really enjoyed the original book in this series (and the accompanying activity book) and it's lovely to see Fantastically Great Women returning in a longer form.

Filled with fascinating facts and Pankhurt's signature, adorable artwork, readers young and old will learn something new from this inspirational book. Its longer format offers a more detailed look at the lives, works and struggles of eight brilliant women.

It opens with an overview of the challenges faced by female scientists, providing informative context which will help readers to understand why they might not have come across some of these names before. Each woman is then given around twenty pages of detail and illustrations.

The women covered come from a huge range of scientific fields and lived (or in some cases still live) across the world, offering breadth and diversity, and ensuring that this book will inspire a wide range of readers. The lives of Mae Jemison, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, Janaki Ammal, Katie Krafft, Caroline Herschel and Tu Youyou are explored in vivid detail. And their research is touched on too, with details on everything from astronaut training to Malaria medication.

Fantastically Great Women Scientists and their Stories would make a brilliant gift for young STEM fans, and would also be an excellent addition to primary school classrooms.

I was provided with an advanced, digital copy for review via NetGalley.


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