The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

Illustrated by: Gilbert Ford
For Ages: 4 - 8
  • 3
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.
  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481450652 | 
  • September 2016 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Gilbert Ford
Photograph courtesy of the author

Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford holds a BFA in illustration from Pratt Institute and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author and illustrator of The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring, named a Best STEM Book of 2017, and has illustrated many middle grade jackets, as well as the award-winning picture book Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at GilbertFord.com.

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