Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

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Annotation: Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #117608
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: c2000
Illustrator: Sweet, Melissa,
Pages: 57 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-618-19563-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-30710-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-618-19563-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-30710-0
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 99036270
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
There's no organization to speak of, neither chronological nor alphabetical. However, this very attractive, informative book will find an audience among browsers and report writers alike. Ten women and two girls are given a few pages each. Included are Mary Anderson, who invented the windshield wiper (after she was told it wouldn't work); Ruth Wakefield, who, by throwing chunks of chocolate in her cookie batter, gave Toll House cookies to the world; and young Becky Schroeder, who invented Glo-paper because she wanted to write in the dark. The text is written in a fresh, breezy manner, but it is the artwork that is really outstanding. Melissa Sweet's mixed-media collages almost jump off the pages. For instance, the chocolate-chip cookie recipe is handwritten on a card, which sits on the page of an old cookbook, pasted to a wooden cutting board, set against an old-fashioned tablecloth. Watercolor portraits of the inventors also appear in each chapter, along with historical material or drawings of individual objects. The endpapers list women inventors, beginning at 3000 B.C., when silk was invented by a Chinese empress. The final section tells girls how to patent their inventions, and an informed bibliography and Web site list will help them do just that. (Reviewed March 15, 2000)
Horn Book
A dozen women are profiled in this collection of short, anecdotal biographies demonstrating that necessity, ingenuity, and luck all play a part in successful inventions. Thimmesh concentrates her account on the process of these inventions and addresses this book to youngsters who may have inventive ideas of their own. Sweet's small watercolor portraits personalize each profile; her full-page collages highlight different elements of the inventions. Bib.
Publishers Weekly

PW called this compilation of personal profiles "an inspired ode to women inventors." Ages 8-up. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-An outstanding collective biography of women and girls who changed the world with their inventions. Thimmesh surveys unique and creative ideas that were both borne of necessity or were simply a product of ingenuity and hard work. Included are Bette Nesmith Graham, who invented Liquid Paper, known more commonly as "white-out," and Ann Moore, who emulated the way African mothers carried their babies to create the Snugli. While working for NASA, Jeanne Lee Crews invented the "space bumper" that protects spacecraft and astronauts. The last few individuals highlighted utilized their creativity at a fairly young age. Becky Schroeder was 10 when she invented Glo-sheet paper, which enables people to write in the dark. She became the youngest female to receive a U.S. patent. The book also encourages young women to start inventing themselves and offers a list of organizations with postal and Internet addresses to help them get started. Colorful collage artwork shows the women and their creations and adds vibrancy and lightness to the text.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 54-56) and index.
Word Count: 8,630
Reading Level: 7.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.4 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 43785 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.3 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q22856
Lexile: 960L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? Features women inventors Ruth Wakefield, Mary Anderson, Stephanie Kwolek, Bette Nesmith Graham, Patsy O. Sherman, Ann Moore, Grace Murray Hopper, Margaret E. Knight, Jeanne Lee Crews, and Valerie L. Thomas, as well as young inventors ten-year-old Becky Schroeder and eleven-year-old Alexia Abernathy. Illustrated in vibrant collage by Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet.

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