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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women Hardcover – April 24, 2000


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From Publishers Weekly

PW called this compilation of personal profiles "an inspired ode to women inventors." Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 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 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395937442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395937440
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Girls Think of Everything is truly captivating. The "Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women" are told in a manner which will delight the target audience. The writing is crisp, interesting and sophisticated and will hold the interest of bright children and interested adults alike; while at the same time, the stories are quite accessible for even younger children. The book is not a dry compilation of biographies of inventors or a boring recitals of the history of various inventions; but, instead, an ingenious approach to telling important (and fun) "Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women."
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The inspiring nuggets of information in Catherine Thimmesh's book have my mind racing--do I have an invention lurking somewhere inside of me? The author's concise, information-packed, yet fun narrative will intrigue children and adults alike, many of whom will turn page after page saying, "I never knew that!" Judging from the chronology of inventions on the endpapers, Ms. Thimmesh has many more stories to tell, and I can't wait to read them. Melissa Sweet's collage illustrations are the perfect complement, fascinating in their detail and ingenious in the textures and materials she chooses. I've already bought several copies of this book; one to keep and others to give as gifts. I can think of many children who will pore over this book with great interest.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Lissa Johnston on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book goes a long way towards encouraging girls (and women!) to put their creative powers to practical use. It is so gratifying to learn that many everyday items (ice cream cones; Toll House cookies) were invented by women. And the items that are not so 'everyday' (Kevlar; space shields) have such a positive impact on the world around us. The illustrations are wonderfully creative, blending the fascinating details of the text into whimsical collages. Don't forget the sidebars - lots of fun facts there as well.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jagoda Urban-Klaehn on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was expecting to read about Maria Curie or Lisa Meitner. Instead it was a book about seems ordinary women (and girls!) who contributed in very practical fields like inventing windshield wipers, snugli, computer compilers or chocolate chip cookies.
The book explains well that women had to go through much more hardship than men to be able to go through the experimental phase of their inventions. For instance Patsy O. Sherman who invented the Scotchguard was not even allowed in the textile mills.... to supervise the product production.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Cullinan on August 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was the best book I have read so far on my summer reading book list. It was very interesting to me. It is the best subject to write a book on. I had the best time reading it. I think that people could have more confidence to invent something after reading this book, even men.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating collection with just the right tone. And MelissaSweet's inventive illustrations will inspire creative thinking byfuture inventors!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I first read the book with my daughter and then shared it with my Girl Scout troop. It was very inspirational and a joy to see some many innovations coming from women.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Busy book lover on May 26, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very short descriptions of inventions. Chocolate chip cookies as an invention falls short of what we were expecting to find in this book. My daughter looked through it once, declared it 'boring' and hasn't picked it up since. This is a child who has read books with a great deal of factual content multiple times. Had I been able to look through the book prior to purchase, I wouldn't have bought it.
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