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The Cottonwool Doctor – Non-fiction Biography

The Cottonwool Doctor children's non-fiction book freeThe cottonwool doctor, a children’s non-fiction book, provides the story of Magaret Ann Bulkly, who became Dr James Barry.

This exciting and inspiring biography details the career of a woman who pretended to be a man so she could be a Doctor.

Another great free children’s book from BookDash

The Cottonwool Doctor: The story of Margaret Ann Bulkly, known as Dr James Barry
Illustrated by Jean de Wet
Written by Michelle Matthews
Designed by Bridgitte Chemaly Potton
with the help of the Book Dash participants in Cape Town on 10 May 2014.

Text and Images from The Cottonwool Doctor – Non-fiction Biography

the cottonwool doctorOnce upon a time, about 200 years ago, there was
a girl called Margaret Ann Bulkly. Margaret lived
in a cool, green land called Ireland, in a country
called Great Britain.

Margaret was clever and curious. Margaret had big
dreams. Margaret was brave and fought when she
thought something was wrong.

the cottonwool doctorMargaret’s mother and father paid for her brother
to be educated as a lawyer. And then they used
the last of their money so that he could marry a
wealthy man’s daughter.

Margaret was clever and had big dreams. But there
was no money left for her to study, not even as a
governess or a nurse.

Margaret was brave. “I want to be a doctor!” she
said. But two hundred years ago a girl could not
become a lawyer or a politician or a doctor.

the cottonwool doctorMargaret had an uncle who was a famous painter.
His name was James Barry.

One of James Barry’s friends was General Miranda
from Venezuela. General Miranda had a library –
it was very beautiful and very big. His library had
more than 6000 books!

“I want to read this one! And this one! And this
one!” said Margaret. Margaret was clever and
curious. General Miranda was impressed.

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