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Book no.1
Women in STEM

Women from different fields, some with science degrees,
Women of different origins, and from different countries,
Four women heroes all in STEM,
This is a compilation based on them!

These four famous women made waves in the world, by the power of their dreams, their courage in the face of adversity, and their strong determination. With full colour illustrations and simple rhyming verses, this book is for little people everywhere, so they know that they are wonderful people, with the capacity of genius like Marie Curie, with fiery courage like Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy, with tenacity of purpose like Wang Zhenyi, and the compassionate good will of Mary Seacole.

Book no.2
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This rhyming biography of Gandhi relates the story of the shy young man with a long, unusual name, who went on to become one of the most eloquent leaders of the world. At a time when India was fighting for Independence leading to umimaginable acts of violence, this simply dressed, khadhi-clad, mild-mannered man shocked everyone by suggesting 'non-violence' and 'civil disobedience' as the best means of protest. His story is one worth telling, as he was an unlikely hero (apparently he was so nervous during his first court case that he fled the courtroom!) who became a leader we all quote and marvel at even now, more than half a century later.
The author hopes that every little person who opens this book, closes it knowing that they too, are capable of making waves, and creating change, and working wonders, just as he did!

 
  • 120 words of Rhyming Verse

  • Dyslexia Friendly Text

  • Full colour Illustrations

  • Positive Affirmation

  • Colouring page

  • Cut and Paste activity to build a house

Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross,
And she ran the Underground Railroad like a Total Boss!

This biography of Harriet Tubman relates the story of an extraordinarily brave woman. Adversity could have been Harriet's middle name because she had every sling and arrow of outrageous fortune pointed against her. Born into slavery, she suffered a grievous head injury early on which left her suffering with terrible headaches and epilepsy for the rest of her life. Yet she ran rescue operations to free people from slavery for over eight years, carrying a revolver for protection, sometimes camouflaging herself using loudly squawking chickens, disguising herself with large bonnets, and hiding behind large newspapers, pretending to read them. Harriet Tubman worked in the worst possible weathers when patrols were less likely to be out and about. She also worked as a nurse and spy during the Civil War, actively campaigned for Women's Suffrage, and continued to help newly freed people assimilate into society by providing for them despite her limited means.
Her story is definitely one worth telling to children, not only because of her amazing bravery, but also because of her wonderful kindness, indomitable spirit, and the courage which led her to risk everything to help everyone she could.
This author hopes that every little person who opens this book, closes it knowing that they too, are capable of making waves, and creating change, and working wonders, just as she did!

  • 180 words of Rhyming Verse

  • Dyslexia Friendly Text

  • Full colour Illustrations

  • Positive Affirmation

  • Activity pages including a Cut and Paste activity to build a house

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This biography of Ada Lovelace relates the story of an extraordinary genius who grew up in unusual circumstances. The daughter of the famous Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace didn't have the idyllic childhood one would expect for a child born into a baron's family. Her parents separated almost immediately after she was born, and her mother referred to Ada as 'it' (yikes) - what an environment for a little girl! Her headaches during childhood were so severe they nearly made her blind, and she was bedridden was nearly a year when she was eight, because of a severe attack of measles. Through it all, her passion for reading (she loved numbers and technology) and music kept her going. As she famously asked, 'If you can't give me poetry, can't you give me poetical science?'

Whimsically titled 'Mother of Computer' and the 'Enchantress of Numbers', the story of the world's first Computer Programmer is definitely one worth telling to little kids, not only because of her genius, but also because of her perseverence, indomitable spirit, passion, and sheer, gritty, strength.

This author hopes that every little person who opens this book, closes it knowing that they too, are capable of making waves, and creating change, and working wonders, just as she did!

  • 120 words of Rhyming Verse

  • Dyslexia Friendly Text

  • Full colour Illustrations

  • Positive Affirmation

  • Coding activity (to encourage your little Computer Programmer)

  • Cut and Paste activity to build a house

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This biography of Noor Inayat Khan relates the story of an extraordinarily brave woman, whose story is as inspiring as it is beautiful. She was a pacifist because of her religious beliefs (Sufi Muslim), and opposed to violence of any sort. However, during the Second World War, she felt it was wrong to stay neutral, so she enlisted. However, she requested that she not be put in a position where she'd be responsible for the death of another person. This meant occupying the most dangerous posts, and putting her own life at risk.

She was described as very nervous, clumsy, quiet, and very shy. Her superiors, after the interview, commented that she was not 'overburdened with brains'. (Patriarchy/Racism/Sexism much, maybe?) And during her interview, when asked by the British Officers what she intended to do after the Second World War, she said that she planned to fight for Indian Independence. That could not have scored her any points!

Nevertheless, she was the first female wireless operator sent to Occupied France from Britain during the Second World War, and she was MARVELLOUS! Few people lasted in that role for more than few weeks because they were caught and executed. She lasted five whole months, and because she kept disguising and changing place every day, hiding wires in clotheslines, rolling her equipment within bundles of twigs etc. Even when she was caught, it was only because she was betrayed. But this woman, labelled inept and inadequate, did what no one else could despite being continuously told that she would never be able to.

Sadly, she was betrayed, caught and tortured for information but she gave nothing away. And when executed, she died shouting 'Liberty'. I think her story is one which deserves to be told more commonly. Of course, since my readers are very little kids, I've left out the most tragic parts, and focused on her incredible idealism and courage.

Reading of people like this gives such a sense of hope. If we are part of a world which produces people like this, surely there's hope for humanity.

This author hopes that every little person who opens this book, closes it knowing that they too, are capable of making waves, and creating change, and working wonders just like all the heroes they admire. And that the smallest kindnesses often make the biggest differences.

  • 200 words of Rhyming Verse with a Glossary

  • Dyslexia Friendly Text

  • Full colour Illustrations

  • Positive Affirmation

  • Activity pages including a Cut and Paste activity to build a house

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Imagine spending 27 years in prison, in an 8 x 5 room with a metal bucket as a lavatory, and being subjected to manual labour - all because you spoke out against racism and insisted that all people be treated equally. Twenty seven years of loneliness, unable to see family and friends, unable to attend even the funeral of one’s mother and one’s son. No Christmases. No birthdays. No hugs. No words of comfort.

 

That was Nelson Mandela’s story. And yet, when the metal gates clanged open to release him, he came out with hope and optimism intact, determined to change the world, determined to set things right. Unjaded, unchanged, and full of fiery zeal - a true leader.

Nelson Mandela is one of the most recognised names among those of the great humans who have served to make the world a better place for us, proving to us that we can do the same in turn. His inspiring story of perseverance, hope, courage, and determination is one which deserves to be told and read, repeatedly.

This author hopes that every little person who opens this book, closes it knowing that they too, are capable of making waves, and creating change, and working wonders, just as he did!

  • 300 words of Rhyming Verse

  • Dyslexia Friendly Text

  • Full colour Illustrations

  • Positive Affirmation

  • Spot-the-Difference Activity Page

  • Cut and Paste activity to build a house

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Janaki Ammal was a pioneer in Botany and Cytogenetics. Most educated women in Pre-Independent India tended to belong to the dominant castes, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Janaki Ammal belonged to one of the suppressed castes. No doubt, she faced a lot of unpleasantness because of it. She worked in the Royal Horticultural Society (the first woman scientist to be employed at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley.)  During the World War 2 , there are vivid accounts of her diving under the bed during the bombing, and carrying on working once the noise abated. No sweat. She always wore sarees, and this was her iconic look no matter where she went. 

She was an eco-feminist before the term was invented. Liberated, Fixated, Passionate, Inspiring - there's little information about her but her story is a fascinating one which deserves to be told more often.

  • 300 words of Rhyming Verse

  • Dyslexia Friendly Text

  • Full colour Illustrations

  • Positive Affirmation

  • Activity Pages

  • Cut and Paste activity to build a house

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The next picture book is in the works. Isn't it lovely to always have something delightful to work on?

*Rubbing hands in glee* There are so many amazing people to write about! I'm so excited!

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