The Marvelous Thing That Came From A Spring

By Gilbert Ford


A non-fiction picture book about the invention of the Slinky. The book is illustrated in dioramas.


Atheneum, 2016


Awards and Recognition


• Junior Library Guild Selection

• School Library Journal’s 100 Scope Notes top 20 Books of 2016 list

• School Library Journal’s Fuse 8 Best nonfiction picture book list 2016

• All the Wonders Best of 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books list

• Book Links, an educational supplement for Booklist. It is included in their feature article

         “Overlooked Inventors and Their Notable Inventions.” November 2016 issue

• CBC’s Best STEM Books list 2016

• Eurika! Honor Award from the California Reading Association

• The Missourian magazine holiday gift ideas

• 2016 Nerdie Book award: Best of Non-fiction list

• Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2016

•  NSTA Best Stem Book 2017

• Bank Street Best List, 2017

• 2nd place in Nonfiction in 2017 New York Book Show

• Texas Horned Toad Tales List

• 2018 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List

• 2018-19 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award Nominee

•2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominees











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