When choosing a book to cover each week here on Ladybird Tuesday I often find myself realising just how little I really know and this week is yet another example of that.
Some Great Men and Women is actually part of the Ladybird Key Words East Readers series (641) and contains a series of double page spreads on various men and women from history. Some of them were inventors, others adventurers and some military personnel. They certainly all have a place in history and I do recall learning about many of them at junior school.
However, there are some people featured in this book that I have to admit to having never heard of before. I probably should have done, they've certainly done very worthy things, but I don't. Quite embarrassing really.
Some of the people in this book also appeared in the Adventures from History series (561) where they had whole books written about them. Quite how they decided who to include in this particular book I'm not sure. There are plenty of other names that maybe should be included, and possibly many more that I simply haven't heard of before.
From King Alfred the Great to Elizabeth Fry and Madame Curie to Winston Churchill there's no doubt that this book covers a huge amount of history through the people in includes. I just still need to swot up on history before I have to help the kids with their school homework!
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