The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
This book is about one of my favorite toys, the Slinky spring. I love making ramps at home using books and letting Slinky walk down. Thanks to this book, I know how Slinky was born.
A man named Richard James was an inventor working on a complicated device, and he was using springs. One day, one of the springs fell from a shelf to a desk and took a walk. Richard brought it home, and his son Tom made it go down the stairs. Mom, dad, and son all watched as the spring kept walking down step by step. That’s when they realized that it could be a great toy. Tom’s mom, Betty, found the name, Slinky, which means curvy in movement.
Richard went to the bank and borrowed money to make lots of them, but nobody wanted to buy them at first. Then Richard demonstrated how it worked in a store called Gimbels. He placed it at the top of a ramp he built and let it go. Everyone loved it and wanted to buy one!
Richard invented a machine to build them fast, and Betty kept track of the money; soon they had to build a big factory and hire a lot of people to make a lot of Slinkies. It was one of the best toys ever.
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