March 4, 2023

Heroines Week Sarah Biffen (3-4-2023)

by Chompers

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Tonight learn the story of Sarah Biffen, who painted for kings and queens! 

Where to Listen


>> Rachel: Welcome back, you're just in time for Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show. Start brushing on the top of your mouth on one side, and brush in little circles around each tooth

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1, brush

>> Rachel: It's Heroines Week, where every day we talk about a heroic woman from history. Tonight we’re talking about an incredible artist who overcame incredible odds. Her name was Sarah Biffen. 

Sarah Biffen was born to a poor family in England a long time ago. Sarah was different from other kids because she was born with no arms or legs. But that didn’t hold Sarah back. When she was just a kid, Sarah taught herself to sew clothes using her mouth!

Switch to the other side of the top of your mouth, and brush the molars in the back too.

[Switch Bell]

>> Rachel: Sarah didn't stop at sewing. She taught herself how to write, use scissors, and even paint using only her mouth! When Sarah was a teenager, people started noticing how good Sarah’s paintings were. They were shocked that she could paint so well using just her mouth, and they started paying her to paint portraits, or paintings of people's faces. 

Switch to the bottom of your mouth, and brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth.

[Switch Bell]

>> Rachel: One day, a rich and famous man called the Earl of Morton saw the paintings Sarah made and was ASTONISHED. He was so impressed that he paid for Sarah to get art lessons from a famous teacher so that she could get even better. The Earl even showed her pictures to his friend, a famous King.

Switch to the other side of the bottom of your mouth, and don’t brush too hard.

[Switch Bell]

>> Rachel: Sarah opened her own art studio in London, and became famous for her skills as an artist. She painted more people, including a QUEEN! and was given a special prize, a medal from the Society of Arts. Because of her grit, determination and unbeatable spirit, Sarah Biffen is tonight’s Chompers Heroine. 

That's it for Chompers tonight, but we will be back tomorrow with more stories of delightfully daring women from history. Until then, rinse with water before you

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 spit!