Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

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Houghton Mifflin, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 57 pages
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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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User Review  - aeisen9 - LibraryThing

Including improvements in NASA space technology and the creation of Kevlar, white out, and the Barbie Doll, this engaging book highlights women and girls' creativity and resourcefulness to solve ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel C - Goodreads

Girls Think of Everything has mini biographies of women inventors and their contributions to the world. This book will be good to use in history class where we do not learn about many famous women in history compared to the men. Read full review

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Catherine Thimmesh is the Sibert Medal-winning author of Team Moon. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family.

Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of many fine childrene(tm)s books. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as eoeexuberant,e eoeoutstanding,e and eoea creative delight.e Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit

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