Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

by Catherine Thimmesh

Paperback, 2002



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609.2 Thi




HMH Books for Young Readers (2002), Edition: None, 64 pages


Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.

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64 p.; 8 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
What do chocolate chip cookies, windshield wipers, Liquid Paper, and flat-bottomed paper bags all have in common? They were all invented by women. This book gives a fascinating glimpse into some of the many products that were invented by women. Each entry is 2-4 pages long and accompanied by neat
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collage-ish illustrations. The brief entries keep things interesting and source notes and further reading suggestions are included at the end. The endpapers include lists of other inventions by women, organized by year. A surefire hit for women's history month or any inventive young girls.
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LibraryThing member khallbee
Highlighting about 15 female inventors from the last half of the 19th century until today, Catherine Thimmesh provides biographical information for each of the selected women as well as a description of her inventive process and some of the inventor's advise for others. The last two girls to be so
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honored were children at the time of their inventions and the book concludes with the words "Now its you're turn!" followed by the postal address of the U.S. Patent Office. Obviously meant to be inspirational and catalytic fo
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LibraryThing member cdrake
This book gives the story of 12 women / girl inventors and their inventions that changed the world. From chocolate chip cookes to Kevlar, this book can inspire boys and girls alike to think like an inventor - to ask questions and think outside the box. It is very informative but also gives a good
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look into the how and why of these inventions.
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LibraryThing member rmthoma2
The book was really good. Since my subject matter is science I wouldn’t use it in my class. I would suggest its use in seminar for girls to help build up their self-esteem. The book tells you about many inventions and ideas that women have come up with. The illustrations are also very good and
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keep you interested in the book.
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LibraryThing member HopeMiller123
This is a book about the the different stories of igenious inventions by women. this book shows that women invented things such as, wind shield wipers, school desks, medical syringes, washmitt, and chocolate chip cookies. This book does not have many pictures in it and it full of text. I think that
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it wouldn't hold someone's attention for a long time unless this book was specifically read to research one of the female inventors. It gets boring after a while although it was intersting.
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LibraryThing member melissadorish
I am always trying to find books that also highlight the contributions of women to our history. This is one such book. Some of the inventions highlighted include: chocolate cookies, windshield wipers,kevlar that goes inside bullet-proof vests, liquid paper, scotch guard, paper bags and more! Nice
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illustrations and pull quotes.
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LibraryThing member sabrina89
A lot of interesting inventions by women over the last centuries. This book could encourage pupils to think creatively and show that women has contributed a lot in our current life-style.
LibraryThing member amcarter
This book contains brief and informational descriptions as well as pictures and collages of 12 women and their inventions. It shows the ingenious of women and often the difficulties they faced while developing their ideas. I thought this book could be very empowering for young inventors, especially
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for young girls. There is even a short description at the end about the importance of patenting and how to do it.
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LibraryThing member aeisen9
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 everyday problems and create enduring innovations. By featuring many well-known inventions by less-sung
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female inventors, this book expands young readers' knowledge of women's contributions to many fields, including industry, medicine, technology, leisure, childcare, and more. The text also acknowledges young girl inventors, such as ten-year-old Jeanie Low, inventor of the Kiddie Stool in 1992. Illustrations in mixed-media collage by award-winning artist Melissa Sweet add vibrancy and spirit to the text. Readers will be drawn in by Sweet's imaginative portraits of the book's subjects, then amazed by the feats of these women and girls. For a wider representation of women's achievements and diversity in age and background, educators and librarians can use this book to expand lessons on women's history, as well as the book's extensive citations and resources lists.
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LibraryThing member Ms.Kunz
Excellent conversational storytelling that basically tells girls "yes, you can." It's an important message and demonstrates that women have been contributing to society as leaders and inventors all along--often in spite of a lack of recognition or remuneration--and some of them got rich, too.
LibraryThing member Calavari
Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh So I may have mentioned before that I love a good anthology, particularly of the contributions of women in history. The point is not that men haven't done great things that we deserve learning about but that they aren't the only ones who have. Despite
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hardship and opposition, women have invented lots of things, some that we couldn't live without today and others that are so common, I didn't even realize that it used to be a problem. 
This book takes just about an hour to listen to. It has some women I was already familiar with (like my hero, Admiral Grace Hopper) and others that were new (Margaret Knight invented the machine that makes paper grocery bags, they had to be made by hand and were expensive before that). 
If you want to see some more great anthologies of women making history, I have a shelf dedicated to them. 
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Usually I find non-fiction for children dry. Not this one! Illustrations were little works of art, and stories were compelling. I haven't checked accuracy, but the research seems thorough and the bibliography and appendices are of value. Endpaper notes have lots more inventions that didn't get
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stories. Teachers could readily have children do one of two projects - 1. verify a story or 2. write a story about one of the other inventions. Best for ages 8 up.
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LibraryThing member gmorgan14
Not only did I love this book because it's all about how girls can be a part of the STEM portion of the world, but also because it gives empowerment and recognition to the women who have changed the world with their brilliant minds. It also gives really awesome explanations of how each woman went
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from having an idea to making it a reality and what inspired them to do so. Super inspirational book for young girls who love science!
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LibraryThing member blev
great inventors
LibraryThing member SkyD17
This book was about women in history who invented things.






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