Margaret Muirhead, author
Margaret Muirhead is the author of Mabel, One and Only. Her essays and poetry have appeared in a number of publications, including Boston Globe Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, This Picture Book Life, and many others. Margaret lives in Massachusetts.
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Adam Gustavson, illustrator
Adam Gustavson received his bachelor's degree in illustration from Rowan University and his master's from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has illustrated several picture books, including the award-winning Good Luck, Mrs. K!; Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics; and Dirty Rats. Adam lives in New Jersey.
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- A 2021 Junior Library Guild pick
Where do new ideas come from? No one knows exactly who created the flying disc. Was it cavekids who flung round rocks? Ancient Greeks who threw the first discus? 1920s New England college students who flew empty pie plates made by a baker named Frisbie? Or was it high school football player Fred Morrison, who started tossing the lids of popcorn tins in 1937? One thing is certain: Fred Morrison became entranced with the idea of a flying disc and was convinced that it could succeed. Zippy, well-paced text teeming with consonance and energetic, engaging retro-style illustrations trace Morrison’s development of the toy. After pursuing several prototypes, bouncing back from failure, partnering with his wife, and blending the idea with the space craze of the late ’40s and ’50s, Morrison was eventually able to sell his design—called the Pluto Platter—to Wham-O, a toy company that learned of the pie plates in New England, tweaked the name, and began to distribute the Frisbee we know today. A great choice for illustrating social-emotional skills, particularly resilience, as well as steps of the STEM process, this lighthearted, entertaining selection is full of kid appeal and is sure to provide inspiration and encourage inventive thinking. Period illustrations feature an all-White cast, with people of color appearing in a contemporary park scene. An appealing true tale of innovation and perseverance.
School Library Journal
The frisbee is such a ubiquitous toy, it is hard to imagine a time when it didn’t exist. This nonfiction picture book tells the story of the origin and marketing of the classic toy. After a brief mention of older disc games (like those in Ancient Greece), the book begins exploring the creation of the frisbee almost simultaneously in two places in early-20th century America—Yale University and California beaches. Told in narrative text and colorful drawn illustrations, the frisbee evolves from a pastry dish to a plastic saucer and the toy we know now. The colorful cartoon-like drawings well match the subject matter. The elongated arms of the disc-throwing people especially suggests the sense of movement. Other than a brief author’s note at the end and a short list of sources, there is no additional back matter or historical information. No photos are included to provide more context. While this will be good as a story for young students, it will not be sufficient for older students doing research. VERDICT A sweet nonfiction picture book explaining the history of the frisbee which might be of interest to young students but lacks any additional depth for further learning.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-736-7 EPUB
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Page count: 32
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