NON-FICTION FORMAT: There are very few picture book biographies for this age group on the market and this new TR format offers a friendly price point.
GREAT TIMING: Published to coincide with Black History Month in February.
AWARD-WINNING SERIES: The Great Ideas books have been finalists for the Forest of Reading Awards and the Governor General’s Award, and have appeared on several “best of the year” lists.
CURRICULUM: A great STEAM book.
INSPIRING MESSAGE: Themes of overcoming adversity and racism.
FOLLOW UP: Building on the success of the Great Idea Series with innovative and smart inventors.
PRAISE FOR In the Bag! by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins:
“In clean, straightforward prose, Kulling explains how Knight’s interest in and knack for machines was present even at a young age…Paired with Parkins’s detailed and handsome pen-and-ink illustrations, the book focuses on Knight’s invention of a paper bag-manufacturing machine and her legal fight to protect her creation after her idea was stolen.”—Publishers Weekly
“Knight’s achievements are illustrated in an affable caricature style that is one part David Catrow and one part David Small, highlighting Margaret’s spunk and determination. An author’s note adds a short summary of this little-known woman’s fantastic, unconventional life.”—Booklist
“Kulling’s lively text tells an inspiring story about this determined woman who ’never gave up without a fight.’ David Parkins’ charming illustrations are filled with carefully drawn period details and engaging humor…. Don’t miss this really excellent book that opens the door to a multitude of curricular uses.”—Bookends, a Booklist Blog
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