Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: k to 3
Now in paperback. The inspirational story of African-American inventor Garrett Morgan, whose incredible safety hood became the forerunner to the gas mask that saved thousands of soldiers in the trenches of World War I.
The son of freed slaves, Garrett Morgan was determined to have a better life than laboring in the Kentucky fields with his parents and ten siblings. He began by sweeping floors in a clothing factory in Cleveland, Ohio, where he decided to invent a stronger belt for sewing machines. When he was promoted to sewing-machine repairman, Garrett was on his way. In 1911, 146 workers died in the shocking Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, so Garrett decided to invent a safety hood for firefighters. Little did he know that most people wouldn't be interested in buying his safety hood when they discovered its inventor was black. But an explosion that trapped workers in a tunnel under Lake Erie soon changed all that. Garrett's hoods were rushed to the scene and used to rescue as many men as possible. Developed further, Garrett's invention came to save thousands of soldiers from chlorine gas in the trenches of World War I.
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
PRAISE FOR In the Bag!:
"In clean, straightforward prose, Kulling explains how Knight's interest in and knack for machines was present even at a young age . . . 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." --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
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
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
Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen