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The House That Cleaned Itself: The True Story of Frances Gabe's (Mostly) Marvelous Invention

Like most of us, Frances Gabe detested housework — she found cleaning a "nerve-twangling bore". Unlike most of us, she invented a contraption to free herself from this tedious task forever: a self-cleaning house! Gabe's wacky, wonderful home included almost 70 new patented inventions, from a soap-spraying sprinkler in the ceiling to a kitchen cabinet that washed, dried, and stored dishes all in one place.

Though Gabe's invention didn't catch on, her determination and clever thinking remind us that we don't have to accept the world as it is; we can improve it using our minds and our own two hands. Cheerful, conversational text and fun retro-style illustrations draw kids into this story of an inventive woman, which is sure to inspire them to imagine their own inventions!

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"[Gabe's] enthusiasm, purpose, and originality shine through in this gently humorous selection, showing that effort is worthwhile, and besides, 'maybe one day a young inventor will figure out how to build on Frances’s ideas — and go out and do something about it'.... This quirky selection shows the lively inner life of a less-than-successful inventor who followed her dreams." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Susan Romberg, Laura Dershewitz
Illustrator Meghann Rader
ISBN 1943147655
Publication Date Sep 24, 2019
Publisher The Innovation Press
Language English