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Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight…

Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

by Emily Arnold McCully

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How Margaret E. Knight became an inventor
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Summary: Mattie has a toolbox inherited from her father and a lively imagination, young Mattie Knight loved to make things, which she draw in a notebook labeled My Inventions and which her brothers called her brainstorms. Throughout her life these brainstorms served her well-whether making a foot waemer for her mother or toys for her older brothers or, when she was twelve, designing a mental guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers. Later, Mattie would invent a machine that could cut and glue togher a square-bottomed paper bag, through when she applied for a patent, she discovered someone had managed to steal her idea. Then she went to court and won the patent for her paper-bag machine, largely by showing her sketches as evidence that she was its true inventor. Many of the paper bags we use today are still processed using Mattie's invention
Genre: Biography Because this story is based on the life of the inventor Margaret E. Knight (1838-1914), this introduction to "the Lady Edison" will leave young readers inspired.
Age app: Middle school, 5th Grade
Media: Ink, Watercolor ( )
  carolinechen0608 | Feb 25, 2017 |
I love this book. It just goes to show that women can be inventors too, just like Mattie! ( )
  Madima6781 | Oct 17, 2016 |
This is all about the famous inventor Margaret E. Knight. It is all about how she became a famous inventor and how hard she had to work for her invention to come to life. It is a great book to do on an engineering unit because it's message is that even girls can become inventors. It does not matter if your a boy or a girl, you can still be an inventor.
  sarahetuemmler | Sep 8, 2016 |
This book is about Mattie, who is a young girl with a mind for inventions. This would be a great book to talk about history, inventions, and also the idea that women can do whatever they want.
  amelianewton | Sep 6, 2016 |
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With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she “could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of “the Lady Edison.”
With charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, this introduction to one of the most prolific female inventors will leave readers inspired.
Marvelous Mattie is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:02 -0400)

Mattie Knight loved to make things ranging from a foot warmer for her mother or toys for her older brothers. Or, when she was 12, a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers. Later, Mattie invented a machine that could cut and glue the square-bottomed paper bags we still use today. Meet the woman known as "the Lady Edison."… (more)

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