The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

Hardcover | April 1, 2014

byAshley SpiresIllustratorAshley Spires

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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.

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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, ...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.5 × 9.38 × 0.38 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554537045

ISBN - 13:9781554537044

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book to teach perseverance This is a great book to show children to try again, if something doesn't work out the first time. Lots of great pictures, and a strong female lead!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great purchase #plumreview my daughter loves this
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview Great book. Fun to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty dank Pretty dank
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book with an educational lesson This book is funny and good for all ages. Teachers the lesson of continuing to try until you succeed.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Wow wee
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good A little girl sets off to create this magnificent thing. Her cute dog follows along and is suppose to be her assistance. She has a plan and has an idea of how it is all going to look like, but as she starts to make it, somehow this creation does not work out very well. She fails and she tries again for several times. Eventually giving up on the whole endeavor as no matter how many times she tries her creation is not what she has in mind. The things she makes are all “wrong” in her eyes. The little girl also feels that no one understands the intentions of her creation. Ever heard of “walking it off”? Well, this little girl begins to walk to ease her frustration. As walking calms her down, she realizes something “right” in every “wrong” that she has created. When she combines all the good parts she has made in every creation, the little girl creates her magnificent thing. This book reminds us that there is something good in every bad, that happens in our life, and that good thing can be beneficial for us to use in the future. Never give up on your goals and when times are rough, walk it off. Written by Jeyran Main
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clever What a great book for introducing new vocabulary!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant! This year for Christmas, I've decided to give all my friend's children books as part of their gifts. So while browsing in the children's book section at my local bookstore looking for just the right books, I came across a copy of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires and fell in love with it instantly. The story follows a regular, unnamed girl and her little furry 'assistant' as she attempts to create the most magnificent thing. Although she has designed and built many things, and knows exactly what she wants her magnificent thing to look like, making it is not that easy. After a number of failed attempts, the girl grows frustrated and angry and is ready to give up. Her little assistant has other plans though and with his support and the girls determination and perseverance, the most magnificent thing is finally created! The Most Magnificent Thing is brilliant! From it's gorgeous, colourful and immensely appealing artwork to the intelligent and stimulating vocabulary, Ashley Spires has created a wonderfully empowering story that will appeal to children and their parents. One of the things I've tried to teach my children is that failure is okay; what's important is that you learn from your mistakes, that you improve on what you've learned and that success and the satisfaction of that success can only be a result of your hard work and determination. This is at the core of The Most Magnificent Thing and makes this book an absolute must read! The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires; published by Kids Can Press (April 1, 2014); ISBN 978-1-55453-704-4 Thank you to NetGalley and Kid Can Press for providing me with a digital copy of the book in return for an honest, unbiased review.
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fires up the imagination! Agree that this book is a great link to science, technology, engineering and math. My kids enjoy reading about this girl and her friend.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growth Mindset I loved this book. So many different lessons you could spin on this one or just read it for fun.
Date published: 2015-11-12
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 Cute!!! **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