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Spic-And-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen

Monica Kulling and David Parkins


ISBN: 9781101918432
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Publisher Description

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 raise their 11 children. Eventually, she was hired by the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company to improve kitchen design, which was only the beginning. Now in paperback, the sixth book in Tundra's Great Idea series about inventors that have changed our world.

Author Biography

MONICA KULLING is a poet who has published over forty books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels, and biographies. Known for introducing biography to children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Henry Ford, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart, among others. Her award-winning Great Idea Series features biographies of inventors and their captivating inventions. She is also the author of the hilarious Merci Mister Dash! and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. Visit her website at The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Review

PRAISE FOR Spic-and-Span "This engaging picture-book biography details the many accomplishments of Lillian Gilbreth ... Kulling deftly describes early twentieth-century social, physical, and technical conditions that presented challenges to productivity in both public and private settings, and she explains how Gilbreth's innovations improved conditions, creating context so that young readers can appreciate the extent of her contributions. Parkins' rich, cartoon-like illustrations provide clear period detail, and his characters' faces portray an extensive range of emotions, adding interest and emphasizing Gilbreth's primary commitment to her family." - Booklist

"In Spic-and-Span, Monica Kulling tells Gilbreth's life story with warmth and clarity, and David Parkins' illustrations underscore the wit and humanity of this picture book biograpy." - The Boston Globe

"Perfect for National Women's History Month, this fascinating biography reveals the real woman behind the family hijinks in the movie Cheaper by the Dozen.... We owe to Lillian many of today's kitchen inventions and comforts." - Washington Parent

Review Quote

PRAISE FOR Great Idea Series: "Monica Kulling's charming It's a Snap! ... tells Eastman's story with panache and Bill Slavin's entertaining pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations push the humor up a notch. This is terrific storytelling that will work as a read aloud in any class." - Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal "...accessible picture book biography... The strong narrative is peppered with snappy dialogue. Bill Slavin's pen, ink and watercolour illustrations are equally engaging. ...This first book in the Great Idea Series is a picture-perfect introduction to biographies for beginning readers." - Excellent, Resource Links "... Kulling's narrative frames this history in relatable terms through Eastman's life and work.... Slavin's pen-and-ink-with-watercolor illustrations depict the time, while grayscale scrapbook-style pictures evoke the look of early photography." - Kirkus Reviews "...Slavin's artwork sparkles with its usual animism, creating realistic but witty images, and Kulling's prose is crisp and accessible. Kulling frames this biography using traditional storybook elements..." - Quill & Quire

Product Details

Author
Monica Kulling, David Parkins
Short Title
SPIC-AND-SPAN
Pages
32
Audience Age
5-8
Publisher
Tundra Books (NY)
Series
Great Idea
Language
English
ISBN-10
1101918438
ISBN-13
9781101918432
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2016
Illustrator
David Parkins
Subtitle
Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen
Country of Publication
Canada
Illustrations
1 Illustrations, unspecified
Publication Date
2016-08-10
Series Number
6
Audience
Children/Juvenile