I saw this book and knew I wanted to read it. I had no clue who invented the Dishwashing Machine, so I was eager to read all about this inventor and see how they came to the idea of it!
In this book we learn all about a woman named Josephine Garis Cochrane. A woman who was already being kick-ass and then decided to invent something for the dishes. She noticed that a lot of her dishes were chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Well, girl, I am not sure how you do your dishes, but um, sure, sometimes things get dinged or crack, but that is generally not happening during the washing. What do you do with it? Throw it in? XD But OK, thanks to her terrible skills (and probably someone who helps with the cleaning) she decides to make a machine that makes the dishes clean. We see her work hard to make a prototype, and I loved that she had help from someone with the more mechanical parts, someone who thought her idea was brilliant. And I loved that despite some bad things happening (her husband dying) she kept on trying. Kept her head up and kept going for it. I loved seeing the machine change and get better with each new version. I loved that people were enthusiastic about it. It was really interesting and I just couldn’t stop reading.
Bonus points to some cute puppers! Love it!
I am really happy with a dishwasher. Never had one until I moved to this house 3 years ago, it was already installed in the kitchen by the previous owners. Thankfully. Otherwise we would probably still be washing by hand. As I have been doing all my life, and still do for my smaller dishes. I do think it is funny how the book made it seem like so many people have one in their homes. But my parents didn’t and I didn’t know anyone who had one when I was younger. And no, we weren’t poor. Maybe it is an American thing? Maybe in America most people have one? I don’t know. I just thought it stood out.
The art was really pretty, I loved the style.
All in all, a very interesting book about the dishwasher and the inventor of it + I loved the extra bonus bits~ I would recommend it and hope that there will be more books like this.