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Marvelous Mattie

How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

Square Fish

With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything—toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she “could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of “the Lady Edison.”
 
With charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, this introduction to one of the most prolific female inventors will leave readers inspired.
 
Marvelous Mattie is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for Marvelous Mattie

"Engagingly presented." —The New York Times Book Review

* "Caldecott Medalist McCully’s lucid narrative and crisp period illustrations illuminate the early life of an impressive visionary." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Told in a style that is not only easy to understand, but that is also a good read-aloud. . . . Will inspire interest in women and children as inventors." —School Library Journal

* "Not only is Mattie Knight’s life marvelously inventive, but her story is as well." —The Horn Book, starred review

"It's a beautiful looking book." —Kirkus Reviews

"McCully draws children into Knight’s life by emphasizing . . . her resolute stance against the restrictive gender roles of her time. Watercolor scenes invoke the drama." —Booklist

"Successfully conveys the drama of Knight’s life and her focused intensity." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"Invites kids to think about the history of women and scientific innovation." —Washington Post Book World

"Girls are sure to love Marvelous Mattie for its real-life spunky heroine . . . But boys and girls alike will love it for its celebration of curiosity and persistence—and the joy that comes from following your heart." —The Christian Science Monitor

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • EMILY ARNOLD McCULLY, a Caldecott Medalist, has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books, including Squirrel and John Muir, which received the Giverny Award for best science
    picture book. She divides her time between New York City and upstate New York.

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Marvelous Mattie

How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

Amelia Bloomer Project/Feminist Task Force, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Master List, Kansas City KC3 Reading Award Master List, Missouri KCS Book Award Master List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Natural History Magazine Best Books of the Year, Booklinks Lasting Connection, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
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