Dolly's Reviews > Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

Marvelous Mattie by Emily Arnold McCully
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Dec 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, childrens, education-school, new-england, nonfiction, science, math, biography, picture-book-club
Recommended for: parents reading with their children
Read on November 28, 2011 , read count: 1

This is a fascinating story about a young girl who had a flair and creative genius for inventing machines and other things like kites. It's a true story and shows her successes, but also her struggles, especially being dismissed as a woman inventor. The watercolor illustrations have an old-fashioned feel and complement the story nicely.

I love that it shows how she created a paper bag-making machine that could cut and glue a square-bottomed bag; my parents worked for many, many years (until it shut down) at a paper bag factory in my hometown in New England (Bemis Company, Inc.) It's a different company than the Eastern Paper Bag Company that Mattie founded, but I'm sure that somehow her invention had a wide-spread influence throughout the industry.

This book was featured as one of the selections for the November 2011 Inventors-themed reads for the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads. I doubt that I would have discovered this book on my own, so I'm very glad that it was chosen through this book club. We really enjoyed reading this story together!
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