Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs

By: Meghan McCarthy

"The guy everyone knows as the inventor of earmuffs is Chester Greenwood." But earmuffs actually "had already been born years earlier—four months before Chester was!" Author's note. Information about patents. Bibliography. Photographs of Chester Greenwood and a parade celebrating Chester Greenwood Day. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint.

ISBN: 9781481406376

JLG Release: Mar 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Chester Greenwood (1858-1937) , Inventors and inventions , Farmington, Maine , Earmuffs , Patents , Biography and autobiography , Technology , People and places , Chester Greenwood Day

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2015, Picture Books
Booklist Best Picture Books of 2015
Booklist Editor’s Choice 2015, Nonfiction, Young Readers
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Younger Readers
2016 CCBC Choices–Historical People, Places, and Events
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Biography and Memoir

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This picture book charts the evolution of the earmuff. McCarthy starts in the 18th century, discussing the ways that various inventors improved on one another’s designs, until Chester Greenwood made one last tweak to the wire headband and applied for a patent. Woven into the narrative is a description of patents. C
[STARRED REVIEW]
This picture book charts the evolution of the earmuff. McCarthy starts in the 18th century, discussing the ways that various inventors improved on one another’s designs, until Chester Greenwood made one last tweak to the wire headband and applied for a patent. Woven into the narrative is a description of patents. Children will also come away with a greater understanding of the nature of inventions. The book ends with a brief biography of Chester Greenwood and a section about the dedicated citizens in the state of Maine who lobbied for a Chester Greenwood Day (made official in 1977). Back matter includes an author’s note, a note about patents, and a photo of the annual Chester Greenwood Day parade in Farmington, Maine. Rendered in acrylic paint, the illustrations are appealingly cartoonlike, portraying people with exaggerated round eyes and faces, and complement the concise but upbeat text (“ [Isaac Kleinert] also made dress guards, which protected ladies’ clothing from sweat. Ew!”). A solid addition for those seeking titles about inventors and inventions.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Book Details

ISBN

9781481406376

First Release

March 2015

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

687/.4 B

Trim Size

9" x 10"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 2;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Paula Wiseman

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Chester Greenwood (1858-1937), Inventors and inventions, Farmington, Maine, Earmuffs, Patents, Biography and autobiography, Technology, People and places, Chester Greenwood Day,

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