Non-Fiction · Picture Books

Review: Amazing Women by Lucy Beevor and Sarah Green

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Temple Grandin

Amazing Women celebrates the lives and achievements of 101 great women. It features women from different fields and cultures. Modern-day to historical figures. Their lives are related in digestible fact-files which relate their stories as well as key dates. 

The thing I love most about this book is the design. When I saw the front cover I wanted to flick through and read about every one of those women, and the same thing happened when I looked inside. The book is high on ‘flickability’. It is the kind of book you want to thumb through, to flick backwards and forwards between the pages. The pastel colour palette and fantastic illustrations remind of a really modern blog or website. 

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The key message of the book is to be your true self. Every story in the book is inspiring, but the way to achieve great things is not to try to be someone else but to work hard in the areas where you excel. With a large number of books about inspirational women in the market place this is a really good message. A handy resources section at the back gives young readers some ideas of where to look next. This is a lovely addition. Young people with a new interest often don’t know where to turn for more information.

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My only criticism is that the book talks about some women in the present day – what they are doing now and how old they are. Unless new editions are printed this puts a lifespan on the book because this information will date. Nevertheless it is a great title and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone looking to improve their knowledge of influential women.

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Review: Amazing Women by Lucy Beevor and Sarah Green

  1. I can definitely understand; that cover makes me want to pick it up asap too! The illustrations are another thing that’s drawing me in, I guess, and the entire concept of the book is quite well thought out and put together. I agree with the dates and stuff, those would keep changing and the newer editions might’ve to keep up with them. Definitely going to my TBR 😀 Great review!

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    1. Thanks Fanna. It is interesting to see how digital content might be influencing design. I can just imagine a mouse button hovering over that cover! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂 I *love* all these books telling women’s stories.

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