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Fantastically Great Women who changed the World Part 1

Written by Kate Pankhurst

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teachers

Sponsored by: The Mackintosh Foundation, The Syder Foundation

Available braille grades:

Based on Kate Pankhurst’s book Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World, this book is bursting with astounding women who achieved amazing things by following their hearts, talents and dreams or by speaking out for justice. This book is the perfect introduction to some great women in history who helped shape the world in which we live. This book is part 1 in a series of 2 and includes: Jane Austen, read by Gaby Roslin; Mary Anning, read by Victoria Coren Mitchell; Emmeline Pankhurst, read by Juliet Stevenson; Marie Curie, read by Imelda Staunton; Frida Kahlo, read by Nina Sosanya; Rosa Parks, read by Kiza Dean and Anne Frank, read by Ailsa Joy.

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Hello and welcome to a celebration of great women who changed the world. In this tactile and audio book, you can meet seven women and learn about their stories. There's a tactile picture of each woman, along with our audio description to guide you. This tactile picture is adapted from a self-portrait that Frida Carlo painted for a friend, Leon Trotsky. The overall impression of the picture shows a wealthy and distinguished lady, perhaps of some power and influence. She is wearing a floor length skirt and draped shawl. It was based on a watercolour sketch by James Andrews, who based his work on an unfinished painting by Jane Austen’s sister, Cassandra. So we can appreciate that this is a close likeness to Jane. In 1903 and 1911 Mary was given the world's top award for science, the Nobel prize. Not only was she the first woman to have received this award, she is the only person to have received it twice. Rosa Parks stood up for herself and others by sitting down. Rosa thought to herself "Why should I move?" Rosa did not budge.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures of 7 of the women from the original book
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Jane Austen
Mary Anning
Emmeline Pankhurst
Marie Curie
Frida Kahlo
Rosa Parks
Anne Frank

What our members say

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Thank you Living Paintings! I liked History and English at school, and was particularly taken with the fact that Mary Anning and Jane Austen were both featured in this pack. The picture of Mary Anning and her dog fossil hunting on the beach made her appear so humble. Editing this pack also opened up the opportunity to speak to a fantastically great young woman of our own modern day. Thank you to Living Paintings for giving me this and many other opportunities over the years! VI Editor
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