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The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires
Illustrator Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press | April 1, 2014 | Picture Books

The Most Magnificent Thing is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades'' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl''s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it''s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn''t just "make" her magnificent thing -- she "tinkers and hammers and measures," she "smoothes and wrenches and fiddles," she "twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 8.66 × 8.66 × 0.15 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554537045

ISBN - 13: 9781554537044

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Cute Story **I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.** I don't know what it is about children's books, but every time I pick one up and read it, even though it's for my kids I find myself taking away a lesson pertaining to my own life. This book is no different. I loved the premise of the story and the way its told. The white background brings the amazing illustrations to the forefront. I loved seeing all the wonderful little inventions, I loved the way other people saw them for what they were and could be while the little girl furiously concentrated on her new machine. My favorite part of this book though was the smile on my daughters face while I read it, the fact that every time I turned the page she would search for the puppy.
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great picture book! I think the book description says it all.
Date published: 2014-11-26

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The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires
Illustrator Ashley Spires

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 8.66 × 8.66 × 0.15 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554537045

ISBN - 13: 9781554537044

From the Publisher

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades'' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl''s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it''s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn''t just "make" her magnificent thing -- she "tinkers and hammers and measures," she "smoothes and wrenches and fiddles," she "twists and tweaks and fastens." These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

About the Author

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in British Columbia.