Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

by Emily Arnold McCully

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374348106
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 02/21/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 162,796
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile: AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
teddy5 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A good example of a biography because the author goes through the life of Mattie Knight in her adventures leading up to inventing and as an inventor. Knight was always curious about how things worked and enjoyed more than anything designing things. Whether it was a kite for her brothers or sleds for neighborhood children, Knight was at her best in these times. A job in her youth at a textile factory inspired her to invent a piece to add to the machines to make them more safe, which led her to invent an entirely new machine that gives paper bags rectangular bases. Ultimately, the story of Knight's life is one that encourages perseverance and accomplishing one's goals.Media: Ink and wash
debnance on LibraryThing 3 days ago
The word ¿marvelous¿ seems entirely too strong to use about Margaret Knight. Knight was an early inventor, most well known for making square bottomed paper bags. Other than her diligence and persistence, Knight seemed to be a perfectly ordinary person and not worthy of a book.
conuly on LibraryThing 3 days ago
You've probably never heard of Margaret E. Knight before. And yet you are intimately familiar with something she invented, a device used every day.Mattie invented a machine to make paper bags that would stand up on their own.What, you were hoping for something a little more exciting? More... worthwhile, perhaps? You want to know what the heck kinda invention is THAT? It's a USEFUL invention, is what it is, and it had the potential to make people rich... which is probably why a man tried to steal it from her before it could be patented, assuming everybody would believe him when he said a woman couldn't possibly understand the complexity of the machine.She was, in fact, the first woman awarded a US patent, and she invented several other things that the book doesn't really touch on.The book is well-enough written, and the story is a simple and fairly useful one. If nothing else, you can read it during Women's History Month and move off the treadmill of the same three or four tired old names.
lisab818 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This picture book biography tells the story of Margaret Knight, a woman of the Industrial Revolution who broke gender barriers to become an inventor. Her first patented invention, a machine that produced flat-bottom paper bags, was stolen by an acquaintance. Knight went to court to prove that a she had in fact invented the device and won. This book reads quickly and would please a variety of audiences, as the reader can't help but cheer for "Mattie" throughout the story.
artfulwords More than 1 year ago
A wonderful true story of Margaret E. Knight (1838 to 1914) who starting inventing things as a child. I first saw the book in the library and read it to my grandsons. I knew this is the book I wanted to get them. Their great grandfather was an inventor and I hope this will spark their interests. In addition I bought each of them a notebook just like Mattie so they too could start drawing their inventions. Just imagine a young girl creating things during that period of time. She has 22 patents to her credit. It is wonderfully illustrated with watercolors and drawings of her inventions. It is a truly inspirational book for everyone.