Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - 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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I bought this book for my husbands little sisters but it turned out to be a little above their reading level still, so I held onto it and decided to read it myself. Can you believe I have never heard ... Read full review

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This book contains numerous stories of inventions by women. There is illustration on every other page so I wouldn't suggest this book for a teacher to read out loud to a class. This book would be best ... Read full review

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Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including "Team Moon", winner of the Sibert Medal. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, appeared on best books lists, and won many awards, including the IRA Children's Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Visit her website at

Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children's books, including the Caldecott Honor books "The Right Word "and "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated "Tupelo Rides the Rails"; "Carmine: A Little More Red", which was a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children's Book; and "Balloons Over Broadway", a picture book biography that was named a 2011 "Publishers Weekly" Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.

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