A remarkable story about a woman who led in many scientific discoveries and yet never received any acknowledgments in her lifetime.
Part of a series of books which feature inspirational women in a graphic novel format.
Rosalind Franklin was a British chemist during the 1940’s and 1950’a, when fee women worked in sciences. During WW2 she expanded our knowledge of the physics of coal and carbon, and later she studied viruses.
Her ‘photo 51’ was central to the double helix structure of DNA, ground-breaking work for which she never received any credit.
Written by Karen de Seve, based in the US and Illustrated by Samantha Feriolla Chow from Indonesia this book brings a wealth of interest, information and intrigue to young readers.
Published by Sunbird Books It’s Her Story: Rosalind Franklin is part of a series featuring inspirational women in a graphic novel format. This works very well for children who are keen to explore the subject, and the pictures give added information about the setting that words would take longer to express.
Its Her Story Josephine Baker by Lauren Gamble & illustrated by Markia Jenai
A graphic novel for children ages 7 to 10. Josephine Baker left a segregated America in 1925 and became the most famous entertainer in Paris, France. She went on to be the first Black woman to star in a movie, a volunteer spy during World War II, and the mother of twelve adopted children from around the world. Then, she returned to the States to dance for American audiences and bring her voice to the Civil Rights Movement.
This is her story and a fascinating glimpse of a world where as a black woman she had to force her way for the rights of so many.
I would thoroughly recommend these graphic novels from Sunbird Books for children from 7-10 years and beyond. Graphic novels which are fact based provide a huge resource bank for children, schools and libraries.
Sue Martin Children’s Literacy Specialist