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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Review: Three Cheers for Women

Bessie Coleman, the Bronte sisters, Edith Cowan, Florence Nightingale, Anne Frank, Cathy Freeman, Malala Yousafzai and Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman to go into space, are just a few of the 70 plus profiles that appear in this wonderful book. It’s a celebration of inspirational and amazing women and their achievements.

Many firsts are registered in these entries compiled of two sections: Famous Women and Hooray for Leaders and World-Changers. Included are sportswomen and creators, scientists, pioneers and adventurers.

Presented in a comic strip style that will appeal to reluctant readers, the fine-lined illustrations are humorous and expressive, and will delight readers of any age. Biographical information is presented below the illustrated squares which share the characters thoughts through speech bubbles. Further informative, annotated historical facts are found in the margins.

Williams’ characteristic, clever and eye-catching additions which appear in most of her books are again at the bottom of every page. In this one, Abe and Dot ask and answer questions of each other concerning the subject in focus on each double spread.  

Williams makes learning history fun. Her delicate yet detailed artwork commands the reader’s interest and observation skills. There’s so much to see and learn. Colour is the text’s companion as the reader is educated and entertained simultaneously. So, let’s join in and celebrate these courageous and spirited women by acknowledging their contribution to history and the world.

Title: Three Cheers for Women
Author/Illustrator: Marcia Williams
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: February 2018, $27.99
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781406374865
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Illustrated Non Fiction




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