- Age Range: 10 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; None edition (March 11, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618195637
- ISBN-13: 978-0618195633
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women Paperback – March 11, 2002
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PW called this compilation of personal profiles "an inspired ode to women inventors." Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
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. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
It completely lacks visuals about the inventions themselves. I mean there's an entire page with the toll house recipe on it, but no visual about kevlar or how the fibers were created - instead, it's more like a poorly done paper doll version of it. There are great visuals/blueprint illustrations of windshield wipers and paper bags, I just wish they had done this more consistently throughout the book.
It feels like the book needs to be bigger/longer to truly to do the subject matter justice and keep it engaging.
It's a great celebration of female perseverance and resiliency, but it does little else to give kids something to hold onto and relate to.
I'm all for using intelligent language and having high expectations of children as they grow into adults (as the authors state on the back cover), but this doesn't reach the intended audience in a readable and digestible way.
It reads more like a text book in some parts and it completely bored kids who are usually fascinated by this type of content.
I don't understand how this is so highly reviewed except that it attempted to meet a need. It's great to see books like this and I want to see so many more, this is just very poorly done.