February 26 Birthday: LEVI STRAUS GETS A BRIGHT IDEA

Levi Straus, inventor, businessmen
b. February 26, 1829
d. Sept. 26, 1902


Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea
(Hougthton Mifflin, 2011)

by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Overview

Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution.
What’s a California miner to do
when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy
wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla (that is, his
birthday suit)! Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his
needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking,
quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers
clothed—and becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tall tale, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jeans wearers worldwide.

February 19 Birthday: THE WOMAN WHO INVENTED WIPERS. Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson, Inventor
b. February 19, 1866
d. June 27, 1953

THE WOMAN WHO INVENTED WINDSHIELD WIPERS: MARY ANDERSON AND HER WONDERFUL INVENTION
 (Enslow, 2014) 


by Sara Latta

“Most people can’t
imagine a car without windshield wipers. How would you possibly see
during a snow storm or downpour? But there was a time when drivers had
to wipe the windshield themselves to clear it of snow and rain. And boy
did they get wet! Find out how Mary Anderson’s smart thinking helped her
get a patent for the Windshield Cleaning Device.”