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The marvelous thing that came from a spring : the accidental invention of the toy that swept the nation / written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford ; photography by Greg Endries.

Ford, Gilbert. (Author).

Available copies

  • 20 of 20 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rowayton Library.

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0 current holds with 20 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rowayton Library J FOR (Text to phone) 33625122903904 Juvenile Red Dot Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1481450654
  • ISBN: 9781481450652
  • ISBN: 9781481450652 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1481450654 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Publisher: New York ; Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
"With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky! One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk ... and so did Richard's imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous. With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn't just any old trinket--it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history, "--Amazon.com.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.
K to grade 3.
Awards Note:
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award (COCBA) Nominee, 2017-2018.
Kennebec Valley Book Award nominee 2017-2018.
Subject: James, Richard T., 1914-1974.
James, Betty, 1918-2008.
James, Richard T., 1914-1974.
James, Betty, 1918-2008.
Slinky (Toy) > Juvenile literature.
Inventors > United States > Biography.
Slinky (Toy)
Inventors > United States > Biography.
Genre: Picture books for children.

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