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Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder…

Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen (Great Idea Series)

by Monica Kulling

Other authors: David Parkins (Illustrator)

Series: Great Idea Series

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This is a really interesting book! I would definitely share it with children. I loved how it's both informative and fun to read at the same time. The illustrations were also very captivating, and combined with the writing style, the book was amazing!! :) ( )
  dometryapple | Aug 3, 2015 |
SPIC-AND-SPAN!: LILLIAN GILBERT’S WONDER KITCHEN by Monica Kulling tells the inspiring true story of an ingenious woman who used creativity and perseverance to succeed. From factory assembly lines to kitchen layouts, Lillian Gilbreth spent her life looking for ways to make everyday tasks more efficient. The mother of eleven children, she applied what she learned at home to inventions and ideas that everyone could use.

Monica Kulling’s narrative skillfully weaves useful facts into a fascinating story, while David Parkins’ appealing illustrations match perfectly with the tone of this informational reading experience.

SPIC-AND-SPAN is Monica Kulling’s latest addition to her popular “Great Idea” series featuring the lives of inventors and their inventions. Use the books in a literature circle focusing on informational reading, biography, and inventions.

Unfortunately, children aren’t likely to pick up this book on their own. Teachers librarians will need to think of creative ways to market SPIC-AND-SPAN with children. Consider ways to connect the book with other science and engineering books. Or, focus on the biographical elements and connect them with other books about people. This would be a wonderful book to feature during Women’s History Month. Build a display focusing on woman engineers.

There are some excellent websites focusing on the life of Lillian Gilbreth. Develop an activity that asks students to compare the book to information they find on the web about this exceptional woman. Talk to children about comparing three different sources of information.

Download a Teacher’s Guide for the book at https://tundrabooks.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/spic-and-span_guide.pdf.

Published in 2014 by Tundra Books. The publisher provided a print copy for this review. ( )
  eduscapes | Jan 26, 2015 |
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Definitely a wonderful entry in the Great Idea Series! Spic-and-Span is a brief illustrated biography of Lillian Gilbreth, mother of 11, and wife to Frank, a pioneer in motion-study and work efficiency. Lillian assisted Frank in his research and studies, but upon his untimely death, she was faced with trying to raise her large brood and find a job. Lillian's inventions for making cooking in the kitchen more time-saving and orderly are depicted near the end of the book. A nice biography for the 1st-3rd grade readers. ( )
  TeresaInTexas | Oct 24, 2014 |
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I am really enjoying the Great Ideas series. It is a need biography/ history series that presents some under-celebrated inventors and innovators in an engaging, attractive picture book format. As such, it encourages young people to think how, they too, might change some part of the world through new ideas with practical applications.

This particular edition focuses on Lillian Gilbreth who was an industrial engineer in the early Twentieth Century. After founding a design and engineering company with her husband, she was widowed. Forced to carry on alone she persevered and, with intelligence and cunning made a name for herself. With her understanding of time-and-motion efficiencies ("The Gilbreth System") she made improvements for notable companies (e.g. Macy's) as well as the functioning of the home, especially helping found the modern kitchen.
  marnocat | Oct 19, 2014 |
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I am happy to have received a copy of "Spic-And-Span! Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen", by Monica Kulling. Such an interesting and lovely book should be made widely available; I have read it to several story time groups at my local library to delighted groups of children. The Gilbreths were pioneer efficiency experts as is documented in the book "Cheaper By The Dozen". The description of Mrs Gilbreth's response to adversity (her husband's sudden death left her to care for their eleven children alone) is tastefully managed and the detailed illustrations by David Parkins add period charm to this addition to the Great Idea series. ( )
  LindaRoberts | Oct 6, 2014 |
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This is an interesting picture book about Lillian Gilbreth, who was an indrustrial engineer and was also mother to 12 ecentric children. See how she made history and look at the wonderfully drawn pictures. It's informative and quite fun to read.
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Born into a life of privilege in 1878, Lillian Moller Gilbreth put her pampered life aside for one of adventure and challenge. She and her husband, Frank, became efficiency experts by studying the actions of factory workers. They ran their home efficiently, too. When Frank suddenly died, Lillian was left to her own devices to raise their eleven children. Eventually, she was hired by the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company to improve kitchen design, which was only the beginning.… (more)

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