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Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World Part 2

Written by Kate Pankhurst

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

Sponsored by: The Edward Gostling Foundation, The Peter Baker Foundation

Available braille grades:

Based on the book by Kate Pankhurst, this book is bursting with full of astounding women who achieved amazing things by following their hearts, talents and dreams. This book is part 2 in a series of 2 and includes: an introduction by actress Ailsa Joy, American Shosone explorer Sacagawea who led an expedition across the American Wild West, read by TV and Paralympics presenter Sophie Morgan; Jamaican born Doctress Mary Seacole who journeyed to war-torn Crimea and risked her life in order to help the soldiers injured by war, read by actress Emma Dennis-Edwards; French fashion designer Coco Chanel who revolutionised fashion in the 20th century, read by Liz Davies; Amelia Earhart who took to the skies to become the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans read by aerobatic pilot Kirsty Murphy MBE; English Channel swimmer Gertrude Ederle who set a new world record (two hours faster than anyone before her), read by adventurer and channel swimmer Alice Goodridge and finally writer and journalist Christine Chilver or ‘Agent Fifi’ who, during World War 2, escaped from a German prison camp and became a British undercover spy, read by actress Ailsa Joy.

Listen to an audio clip

Hello and welcome to the second part of our celebration of great women who changed the world. This tactile picture is an adaption of a black and white photograph of Amelia Earhart taken in 1937 alongside her bright red aeroplane, the Lockhead 5B. The aeroplane is housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, USA.
This tactile picture is an adaption of an oil painting by N. C. Wyeth painted in 1939. It shows a young Native American woman Sacagawea on a hillside against the backdrop of the American Rocky Mountains. She is guiding a party of explorers who are mapping out the rugged terrain of the American Wild West.
Agent Fifi was a secret agent during World War 2. In 1940, 20 year old Christine was a university student studying languages in Paris, France … Germany invaded and Christine was sent to a prison camp for British women but Christine hatched a cunning plan and escaped back to Britain.. After more than 70 years Fifi’s files were made public … it’s no secret what an amazing undercover agent Fifi was!

What's inside

    • A collection of raised tactile pictures of 6 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


    Mary Seacole

    Coco Chanel

    Amelia Earthart

    Gertrude Ederle

    Marie Christine Chilvers ‘Agent Fifi’

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