Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: k to 3
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 her own devices to raise their eleven children. Eventually, she was hired by the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company to improve kitchen design, which was only the beginning.
Lillian Gilbreth was the subject of two movies (Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes), the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and the first female psychologist to have a U.S. postage stamp issued in her honor. A leading efficiency expert, she was also an industrial engineer, a psycologist, an author, a professor, and an inventor.
About the authors
Monica Kulling is the author of over forty books for children, including the popular Great Idea series, stories of inventors. The third book in the series, In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, was nominated for the 2012 Governor General’s Award for illustration and chosen as the 2012 Simon Wiesenthal Honor Book. In addition, Monica’s work has been nominated for numerous Silver Birch Express and Golden Oak awards. Her recent picture books include Lumpito and the Painter from Spain and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her at www.monicakulling.com.
Phyllis Root is the author of BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD and many other award-winning books for children. She says, " Aunt Nancy is my grandmothers and aunts — women who never let the world get the better of them — all rolled into one." She lives in Minneapolis.
David Parkins has illustrated numerous books for children, including WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell and EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt. He lives in Lincoln, England. C
Selected, Amazon's Best Nonfiction Kids Books, 2014
“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
“Readers’ appetites are whetted to read further about this woman [Lillian Gilbreth] .... [David Parkins] charms readers with pen and ink drawings combined with water colour. The plentiful illustrations, with their expressive figures and sense of proportion, are full of life and vigor. They enrich and enhance the text with their vibrancy and detail. It is such a pleasure to pore over them." - CM Magazine
Other titles by Monica Kulling
A Story of How the Famous “Migrant Mother” Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression
How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children
Mary Anning's Curiosity
To the Rescue! Garrett Morgan Underground
Great Ideas Series
Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine
Great Idea Series
Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge
Happy Birthday, Alice Babette
Grant and Tillie Go Walking
The Tweedles Go Online
Other titles by David Parkins
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