Marvelous Mattie

How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

By McCully, Emily Arnold

Publishers Summary:
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."

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ISBN
978-0-37434-810-6
Publisher
Farrar


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2006

K-Gr 3 This story of the first woman to receive a U.S. patent makes an excellent introduction to inventors and Women -s History Month. Knight used tools inherited from her father to design and build her inventions. As a child, she was always sketching one of her -brainstorms - for toys and kites for her brothers. She once designed a foot warmer for her mother. Although it was never patented, Knight -s design for a safer loom saved textile workers from injuries and death. Later as an adult, she fought in court and won the right to pa...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2006

During her lifetime (1838–1914), Margaret Knight obtained twenty-two patents and produced more than ninety original inventions. In introducing Mattie, McCully concentrates on familiar elements: a poor but clever character uses her wit and determination to triumph over a greedy and powerful force (Charles F. Annan, who attempts to steal her design for manufacturing the paper bags still used in grocery stores today...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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