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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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 i ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 11th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 11th 2000)
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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 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.
Women try the darnedest things, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of sheer determination to make something better.

What was even more interesting to me in this book which is illustrated to appeal to women and girls with headings and sidebars lettered in pink -was how various are the amounts and worth with which women's efforts are rewarded commercially!

Ever noticed that Toll-House chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag? Read this boo
Mary Lou Carolan
Written and illustrated by two entreprenuerial women in their own right, Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Sweet's book, Girls Think of Everything, Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women, is an inspiring look at women's little known or recognized role with inventions in medicine, science, household products and high-tech gadgets. A perfect book of trivia for older elementary students and up, readers will learn the innovative role women have played throughout history and how so many well known pro ...more
Bought this book for my granddaughter. I enjoyed the dozen stories of women inventors and their everyday products: liquid paper, Tollhouse chocolate cookie recipe, kevlar, windshield wipers,Scotchgard, the Snugli, computer compiler, flat bottomed paper bag and more.
Find that I'm torn in who to give the book to and may order more copies for nieces and library. It is a paperback - but such great stories.
Would be good in pediatricians offices...
Was nice to find that I know one of the inventors - of
A fabulous book. It was well written in a fun manner telling of how women have been inventors forever. It tells when the first woman was allowed a patent. This is a good book for you women readers to read and know how inventive women are!
It's true! i love this book because it talks about all the ingenious women inventions, like the chocolate chip cookie, etc. i recommend this book to anyone, but especially girls, of course.
I got this book through my local library because I was quite taken with Melissa' Sweet's illustrations in River of Words. Certainly her artwork is subsumed by Timmesh's text, which in and of itself is most interesting. Sweet's most vibrant piece is on the book cover itself, and it's a standout collage.

Did you know that it was a woman who invented windshield wipers? Young folks need to know that women are fabulous when it comes to invention, (I think Frank Zappa called his band the Mothers of Inv
I loved this book! It is an inspiring collection of biographies on how multiple women came up with their ideas and how they made their dreams possible. Inventions ranging from everyday use to more complex ideas. Such as, the Apgar score, disposable diapers, Kevlar, Liquid Paper, Scotchguard, paper bags , Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe, windshield wipers, the Snugli, computer compiler, flat bottomed paper bag, drugs for the treatment of leukemia and kidney transplant rejection and more.
Olivia Pitchford
This book is written by Catherine Thimmesh, and beautifully illustrated by Melissa Sweet, two empowering women. This biographical book is an inspiring look at women's little known or recognized role with inventions in medicine, science, household products and high-tech gadgets. This books is perfect for learning small bits of information that isn't normally taught in the classroom. It is also very inspirational for young girls to read about empowering women and their impact on history. Readers w ...more
Kathryn Wray
We used this in combination with a story in our basal reader on Thomas Edison. My students loved learning about women inventors. Most had stated that they weren't aware of a single woman inventor, but could list at least 5 male inventors that had influenced their modern lives. This is a great book to use as a jump off point to guide students into research projects based on women in this book. I had borrowed this from our public library, but my students loved it so much that it ended being a purc ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful collection of short stories about female inventors. The inventions range from simple, everyday items like chocolate chip cookies and windshield wipers to technologically complex items like space shields and illusion transmitters.

We took our time reading this book, reading only one or two stories each night and we often discussed how we used the items or how creative it was for the women to have thought of it in the first place.

The mixed media illustrations are an interestin
The invention stories were interesting because they focus on women and young girls who have seen a need and invented something to fill the need. Girls will enjoy knowing that they can make a difference and will be encouraged to go ahead and try, not stop because they are "just a girl."
I especially liked reading about the Snugli's invention. I bought one in 1980 and still have it! I enjoyed carrying my first baby around in it. It felt like I was still pregnant, but I could peek inside and see my
Sandra Strange
This short paperbound book is aimed at young and middle readers, but provides fun information for teens (and adults, too), especially reluctant girl readers. It provides short (1-2 page) accounts of women who have invented something important in everyday modern life. The accounts provide easy, but informative reading especially suited to fill non fiction reading requirements for upper elementary and middle school readers, or for reluctant girl high school readers with special challenges.
I am not one to pick up a biography and read it on my own but I know I made the right choice with picking this book off of the shelf. From the colorful front cover to the interesting pages within, these women have extremely interesting stories and inventions that make this book an exciting read. A lot of the inventions were created by women I had never heard of before. I did not know that women were the brains behind their creation. For example, I had no idea that the invention of a space shield ...more
I bought a copy of this book for each of my children's families with the hope that it will encourage my grandchildren to think creatively and outside the box. I learned a lot, myself, from reading about inventions such as Kevlar. The only objection I have to this book is that, while the cartoon-ish illustrations are charming attention getters, this book really needs a few illustrations and photos. I found it had to visualize a space bumper, for example, from the description given.
One of my favorite passages of this book as: "When you have a good idea and you've tried it and you know it's going to work, go ahead and do it, beacause it is much easier to apologize later than it is to get permission." ~ Grace Hopper

This just goes to show that there are still times when our idea's are perceived as crazy, not going to work, but sometimes we just need to persevere.

Well Written and an inspiration to all women.
I read this to my daughter. it's a collection of vignettes about women inventors and it's a great thing to read with your child - I learned from it, too! warning: some of the inventions are pretty technical so you may skip a few sections if you are reading to a young child. My child, for reference, is eight. I think we will read the other sections in a year or two
Sandy Brehl
Melissa Sweet's appealing cameo and full page illustrations interspersed throughout this informative and highly accessible text make this a must-have for "close" reading- or just for fun! These profiles of inventive, innovative women include some familiar names and many more less well known. This belongs in every library and classroom from third grade up.
Amanda Zell
This book offers great insight into the influences that women have made in the world of inventions.

I could definitely see myself using this book as an introduction to a women’s rights unit or when discussing the influence of women and their changing roles in society. The pages are filled with pictures that are not describable. They almost seem textured using items such as buttons and tags to create images that coincide with the inventions that are being discussed on that page. Some of the pictur
Kids book which regrettably J is not interested in, but full of short bios of inventors who are women (or girls). Educational and fascinating. A quick and easy ready for an adult, and hopefully J will develop interest soon!
Rachel C
Girls Think of Everything has mini biographies of women inventors and their contributions to the world. This book will be good to use in history class where we do not learn about many famous women in history compared to the men.
Aubrie Mcneal
Wonderful biography about the inventions girls have created. The stories are short but informative and connect to inventions girls use every day. As a teacher I use this book during our inventions unit.
Sandy Stiles
Just a great little book with interesting stories about the females behind some major inventions. I read it less than an hour, and will definitely recommend it.
Nancy Breinholt
Loved this book! Everything from toll house cookies to windshield wipers and Kevlar. Such a great compilation of inspirational stories and women.
Oct 22, 2009 Taya rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: pbgs-4
The text within this piece was very interesting. Most of the pages were filled with text and the book as a whole had few pictures, but I think this works well with the topic of the book in that it would be more interesting for girls of an upper elementary age group. I say girls particularly because of the title and content, but also because of the font choice of the author. The author uses plain black for most of the text, but different headings and titles are done in a blazing pink color done i ...more
Sara Mayse
Loved the questions my daughter asked as we read this. This book counteracts the fluff we normally read at bedtime.
Abby Johnson
**** 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 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 wom ...more
A fun read about things common and invented by women.
Great illustrations and interesting topic!!
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