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This biography of Janaki Ammal relates the story of the Indian Botanist and Cytogeneticist who broke not one, but several glass ceilings in the course of her career.
Born a woman in a suppressed caste family, Janaki Ammal had enough odds stacked against her to ensure she couldn't aspire, but aspire she did, and how!

She worked to make India's sugarcane sweeter, she ensured the protection our planet's rich biodiversity, she was the first woman scientist to be employed at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley, and she held her own during the many times in the course of her meteoric career rise when she was, unsurprisingly, the only woman botanist in a room full of men. During 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 was an eco-feminist before the term was invented. Liberated, Passionate, Inspiring - her story definitely needs to be told more!

Perfect for

  • Babies, Toddlers, Children aged 0 to 7 years
  • Birthday Presents, Christmas Presents, Presents for 'kids who have everything'
  • Teaching Diversity and Inclusion by challenging traditional norms of what a hero looks like
  • Anyone who likes rhyming books and needs a dose of hope

Why Children love the book

  • Full Colour Illustrations
  • Rhyming verse in Dyslexia-friendly text
  • The Activity and Colouring Pages
  • Cut-and-paste activity to make little paper houses
  • The Positive Affirmation at the end!

Why Parents and Teachers love the book

  • Features an inspiring Heroine to encourage little steminists
  • STEM/ STEAM aspect of the story
  • Glossary explaining all the 'big' words
  • Heartwarming bonding activity and a starting point for deeper discussions about World Issues
  • Free Teaching Resources for the book at

Janaki Ammal

PriceFrom £5.99
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    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ramya Julian (October 11, 2023)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 47 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1916530109
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1916530102
    • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby - 8 years
    • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.3 ounces
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.12 x 8.5 inches
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