A great idea becomes reality with the release of this new non-fiction title. Sixty outstanding women from the present and past are each featured in their own two-page spreads. They’re presented alphabetically by first name beginning with Ada Lovelace and ending with Zaha Hadid. Read in order or use the handy Contents or Index section to find your favorite.
No matter who you start with, every page is unique in its presentation, which adds to the attraction for readers. The left half features their life accomplishments. It’s not a typical biographical layout. You’ll find straightforward blocked text on some while others are splashed across the page in colorful boxes. Common though is an illustration accompanied by dates they lived (or year of birth for those in the present) and a description of their life’s focus.
The right half of the two pages let readers dig deep with a look at themselves and the world they live in. The activity is a writing or hands-on exercise related to the person they’ve read about. Definitely fun and revealing.
The end of the book is where you create your own two page spread entitled I Am A Wonder Woman. A perfect way to summarize the Aha moments girls will get reading the stories and have it make a difference in their own futures.
There are many familiar names (like Michelle Obama, Cleopatra, and Rosa Parks) but also ones I’d never heard about (Turia Pitt or Niki de Saint Phalle to name a few). Wow! Girls can do anything and often better than their male counterparts. This is the inspiration needed for any Wonder Woman in the making.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ellen Bailey grew up in Cambridge and spent her childhood making up games, putting on plays, and writing a magazine for the other children living in her street. After studying English literature, she worked as a children’s book editor for a few years before moving into the charity sector. She lives with her husband and daughters, and is the author of a variety of bestselling activity books and annuals, including All About Me.
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This sounds like a must read for kids and adults alike, Greg. Thank you for your insightful post about this important subject. I’ve enjoyed reading so many new non-fiction books this year. This one is going on my TBR list!
I love that there’s an activity for each of the women. Very fun idea. Thanks for the review.
What a creative and empowering books for kids. Great activity at the end!