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Queen Of Inventions: How The Sewing Machine Changed the World

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A book by Laurie Carlson

Grade 3-6-Carlson presents the story of Isaac Singer's "stitching machine" and describes its impact on the quality of life in the mid 19th century. It was called the "Queen of Inventions" because it relieved the time-consuming hand sewing and expedited … see full wiki

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Author: Laurie Carlson
Publisher: Millbrook Press
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  • Nov 1, 2008
I bought this book for myself, as a quick overview of the history of sewing machines. I have no experience with children's books. It met the need. Entertaining and thought-provoking.

I wish some of the pictures had captions; I can't tell what they're making. I'm not so sure that "skirts got fuller and fuller until they took up almost the whole room" was a consequence of the sewing machine's invention; I'm thinking of hoops and crinolines which were past their prime as the sewing machine moved into common use. Perhaps the author is thinking of some other type of full skirt.

The mention of "freeing up time for girls' education" is possibly the most important connection to be made for the target audience.

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