Spork

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

byKyo MaclearIllustratorIsabelle Arsenault

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His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!

Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?

This ?multi-cutlery? tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.

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His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork!Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ... thing arrives in the kitchen who has never he...

Kyo Maclear is an award-winning writer and novelist. Her first book for children, Spork, has received a number of honors, including a 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award nomination. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.Isabelle Arsenault has illustrated several children's books, including Spork, My Letter to the World and Other Poems and ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.75 × 7.88 × 0.38 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553377362

ISBN - 13:9781553377368

Appropriate for ages: 3

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, you belong.... Spork is the beloved offspring of a Mamma spoon and a Daddy fork. He is the apple of their eye but unfortunately the other kitchen cutlery do not share their view. You see little Spork doesn't fit in. He sticks out from everyone else and is asked continually, "What are you, anyway?" Poor Spork cannot answer that question because he doesn't know what he is himself. He feels like a complete misfit amidst the traditional cutlery which leaves him feeling lonely, left out and shunned. He gets a brilliant idea and decides to don a bowler hat and tries to make himself look more "spoonish." Nooooooo... the forks give him a thumbs down on that idea. He creates a paper crown with pointy ends to make himself look more "forkish".... but alas, the conventional forks frown on his crown nixing that idea too. What is this poor little guy supposed to do to belong and to be embraced by those meanies around him? They constantly mock him and give him the cold shoulder. Then miraculouly one morning his life completely changes... and for the better, I might add. A messy thing arrives on the scene and it smears, spills, flings, clumps and drips food everywhere. All the cutlery are mortified by such unprecedented behaviour and find that they are unable to satisfy the messy thing's need to poke, pick, scoop, stir which turns each meal into a chaotic mess. Oh my!!! They cry out for help!!! Can anyone save the day? Can this messy thing be appeased? Mmmm... maybe you can guess who just might turn out to be a superhero. This delightful tale has such a positive message to those who feel they are outsiders and can never belong. It gives hope to those who are different and inspires them not to give up but keep on being exactly who/what they are created to be... unique and valuable. Spork underscores the fact that everyone has a purpose and place of acceptance in this great world of ours.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable book, great lesson. I wish so badly that this book had been around while I was growing up! As the product of a mixed-race couple, I found there were few stories that spoke to me, let alone reassured me that there was a place for me in the "kitchen". It's hard to find good material that teaches children about accepting everyone in spite of their differences. I loved the everything about the book; the illustrations, the story, the message.
Date published: 2011-01-31

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