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Tuesday 30 June 2020

Review: Fantasically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Kate Pankhurst continues her theme of Fantastically Great Women, with the fourth book in the series, Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

Profiles of famous women from diverse backgrounds and their successes are showcased.

Eugene Clark, a Marine Biologist, awoke awareness to the intelligence of sharks. Her last dive was in 2014 at 92 years old.

Wangari Maathai left Kenya and its forests to study in USA. When she returned, deforestation had replaced the trees for crops and money. In 1977, she created the Green Belt Movement placing women in charge. Communities worked to restore the forests, planting over 51 million trees.

Ingeborg Beling was one of the first chronobiologists. Famous for her work with honey bees, she proved that they worked to the circadian rhythm of all living things.

This interesting collection further includes Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, Meteorologist, Edith Farkas, who tracked changes to the ozone layer and Jane Goodall, renowned for her research with wild chimpanzees.

Ursula Marvin, geologist, studied Meteorites. Daphne Sheldrick set up the Tsavo National Park to protect wildlife. Isatou Geesay grew up in The Gambia. She taught women how to recycle their plastic bags into useful objects like handbags and purses.

Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey, was a passionate protector of wild birds. Threatened by ladies’ fashion, an estimated five million birds were killed each year to accommodate the demand for feathered hats. She put a stop to that. Maria Telkes was a scientist who invented Solar Energy. 

The Chipko Movement was successful due to the women of the Lata Village in India, who stood in the way of loggers.

Eileen Kampakuta Brown and Eileen Wani Wingfield stopped the government from creating a waste dump close to their home in Woomera, South Australia.  Having experienced an earlier desecration by nuclear testing, they helped form a group of Aboriginal elder women, determined to protect their home.

This series will expand young minds and inspire girls to follow their chosen paths. The enthralling facts and complementing  coloured illustrations will capture the interest of any age reader. Ideal for schools and public libraries.

The first three titles are now also available in a coloured boxed set.

Title: Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet
Author/Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $14.99
Publication Date: 3 March 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780408899298
For ages: 6+
Type: Non-fiction