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In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up

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Tundra’s Great Idea Series is comprised of biographies of inventors for early readers. The third book in the series introduces the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood and made the best kites and sleds in town. Her father died when she was only three, and by the time she ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Tundra Books
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Nicola Mansfield
Dec 02, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I enjoy Monica Kulling's children's biographies.

Another delightful entry in the Great Ideas series! This time Kulling brings us an inventor probably not known to many people, certainly I'd never heard of her before. Margaret Knight was prolific with her inventions and patents throughout her life but her most famous achievement was in the paper bag industry. While she did not invent the flat-based paper bag she did invent the machine that made it possible to mass produce them
Oct 24, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
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“Twelve-year-old Margaret Knight, often called Mattie, was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood. She made the best kites and sleds in town!” And so Monica Kulling draws us into the world of Mattie, a problem-solving brainstorming no-holds-barred gal who, when she is thirty, first gets the idea to develop a flat-bottomed brown paper bag that can stand up all on its own. IN THE BAG! MARGARET KNIGHT WRAPS IT UP is the latest book in Kulling's series ...more
Bill Slavin
Oct 07, 2011 Bill Slavin rated it it was amazing

It was with real anticipation that I cracked open my copy of Monica Kulling's and David Parkins' newest book, "In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up". As the illustrator of Monica's two previous books in Tundra's Great Idea Series, I was curious to see where this pairing of talents had taken things.
My expectations were certainly well rewarded! Monica's crisp prose and snappy dialogue tell the tale of Margaret Knight, Victorian inventor. Through what can only be described as literary non-fictio
Lisa Dalrymple
Feb 04, 2012 Lisa Dalrymple rated it it was amazing
In the Bag: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up is the newest release in Tundra’s Great Idea Series. It is the biography of Margaret (Mattie) Knight who in 1873 became the first woman awarded a patent in the US.

As in All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine and It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph, Monica Kulling engages young readers by introducing them to the titular character as a child. Mattie is twelve when she designs her first invention, a safety feature later installed on all looms.

Jun 05, 2012 Shirley rated it it was amazing
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Margaret Knight was born in the 1800s, a time when girls were not encouraged to think for themselves and regarded as the lesser one amongst males. Fortunately, Margaret was a resilient young girl, who never gave up her curiosity and creativeness. At the age of the 12, she invents an addition to the looming machine, used in many factories during that time, to help protect the workers from the dangerous thread needles. Then, she works on another invention for more than 2 years, to create a machine ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Mallory rated it really liked it
Margaret “Mattie” Knight never married or had children, but she did have 90 inventions to her name by the time she died in 1914! This is a great biography of a female inventor at a time when women weren’t expected to do anything other than stay home with the children. It’s an easy read with beautiful illustrations that bring Margaret to life. While the story just skims the details of Margaret’s life and her first patent I think this is a great introduction to inventors and biographies for young ...more
Lauren Owens
Apr 18, 2012 Lauren Owens rated it liked it
A very informational book about the life of Margaret Knight, a female inventor. This book is a great way to introduce students to different inventors. With this book, the students can explore what it would feel like to be an inventor. The students can either write what they would be interested in inventing and why, or they can go more in depth and sketch an idea of what they want to invent. To extend this even further, the students may enjoy creating their inventions using household items includ ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Aug 07, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
This was a good biography for kids. The other book about Margaret Knight called Marvelous Mattie is probably a little better for information, but for a reader that just is being introduced to the person, Margaret Knight, this is light and it covers the major accomplishments of her life and the illustrations are very inviting. I like the illustrations in here a lot and for most anyone, I would assume Margaret Knight is not a familiar name, so this would gave them a clue. Nicely done.
Jul 20, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
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The history of the homely brown paper bag has an interesting and colorful milestone. Prior to 1868, paper bags were made by hand in factories. One of the factory workers thought there must be a better way and went about creating it. Imagine the surprise of the factory boss and a number of other men involved in the process of documenting this invention when they learned the calculating mind behind this development was that of a women! Margaret Knight -- without benefit of formal education -- inve ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Jane rated it it was amazing
A well-paced, energetic picture book biography that imparts a lot of information in a package just right for the early elementary school set. The choice of subject is refreshing, while the story is crafted beautifully, creating suspense, and giving the reader a chance to root for Mattie Knight to overcome prejudice and injustice.
T Crockett
Apr 02, 2016 T Crockett rated it really liked it
As an adult I enjoyed reading this. I'd never heard of this inventor even though I've lived near where she lived. The illustrations are great. I'm looking forward to reading it with a 1st grader and seeing what she thinks of it.
Melinda Garman
This is a great book for 3rd to 5th grade. Would be a way to talk about inventors and how the process of inventing and scientific thinkig occurs. You could also use this as a social studies book to talk about the age of Industrializaton.
Jun 09, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
This is a great book about a female inventor with lots of perseverance and gumption. I think it is great for motivating other inventors to keep trying.
Dec 18, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it
Excellent kid non fiction. Would complement a unit on invention as well as it would one on Women's rights.
Genea T.
Dec 30, 2013 Genea T. rated it it was amazing
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I want Ms. Kulling to write more like this! Every library needs this work.
Dana Pressnell
Mar 12, 2014 Dana Pressnell rated it really liked it
Invention o paper bag machine. Women inventor
Dec 17, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
What an amazing woman!
Dec 12, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it
Too short to give to a 3rd grader looking for a biography, too long to give to anyone younger.

Interesting story, but confusingly told - transitions between life events weren't smooth and overall, the story lacked interest. Just sort of boringly told.

Decent story to empower girls to be inventors themselves.
Jun 06, 2016 Kassy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is very good because it tell me a story about Margaret Knight, the first woman inventor.She invented a paper bag machine.She is smart. I and my dad are all like her.
Mar 07, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
This story is set in 1850 and is about a young girl who had a gift for inventing things.
Mar 10, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
I like books about women inventors. This one is neat.
Female inventor!
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Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria. Monica Kulling has published twenty-six fiction and nonfiction books for children, including picture books, poetry, and biographies. She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Rooseve ...more
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