Where Did the Slinky Come From?

Today’s book answers the age old question just where did the slinky come from?  You probably never thought about who brought this iconic toy to the market and made it a household plaything. Now you just get to sit back and enjoy finding out how an errant spring become one of the most popular toys of all time.

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Title: The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Springwhere did the slinky come from marvelous thing that came from a spring

Author: Gilbert Ford

Target: Kindergarten – Grade 2

What this book is about:

Did you ever wonder how the Slinky came to be? Well Richard James was working on a spring for the Navy when one of his torsion springs fell off the shelf and “walked” across his desk. He knew he was on to something and with the help of his wife Betty he figured out just what that was – the Slinky. He begged to demonstrate it at the department store Gimbels during the holiday season and the Slinky took off, becoming an iconic toy in households all over America.

Why I love this book:

  • First of all it always so fun to find out how the toys that define our childhood were invented. It is amazing to think that a spring falling from a shelf could be the simple impetus for a toy which has sold 250 million units!
  • The graphics in this book are marvelous. Ford has used dioramas which include paper people coupled with two and three dimensional items. The illustrations feel as whimsical as the invention of the toy itself.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who love to invent. If your kids loved Woosh or Balloons over Broadway they will certainly appreciate this one. Of course it is always a great gift to accompany a Slinky!

Final thoughts:

I like how Betty, his wife, is shown as a true partner in this venture. Without Betty the Slinky may not have had the enduring success it still enjoys today.

To purchase this book:

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