The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley SpiresThe Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Most Magnificent Thing

byAshley SpiresIllustratorAshley Spires

Picture Books | April 1, 2014

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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.
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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Title:The Most Magnificent ThingFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.25 × 9.37 × 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 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Great for teachers. Great message.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! A wonderful book about perseverance.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book A great book about growth mindset. The perfect addition to any classroom or kid's room.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I use this book in my classroom. It is a fantastic story about a little girl who want to invent a magnificent thing but every time she does it isn't quite right then she gets mad and her assistant helps her out and she refocuses and starts over. It's a great book about not giving up, persevering and being creative. This book should be a staple in every classroom.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growth mindset, creativity and perseverance! Lovely book about not giving up, being creative, being innovative and solving problems.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story This story is good for inspiring young minds and engaging them in the character's quest
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great great message and lots of fun!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for promoting imagination Great for classroom use. Can be used to promote not giving up.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice What an inspiring book, kudos to the author. Wish there were more books like these. What a sweet little story, I would recommend this to all my friends. I really enjoyed reading this book. I love these types of books, they are so full of life. Wonderfully written, it was a pleasure to read.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagination Starter! This book illustrates why children should stick with their ideas and never stop using their imaginations! This book can be used to start an art project or for character education! I just love the story.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story My daughter loves this book! It tells such a great story, it teaches about creativity and to ever give up! Great story for a teacher to read in the classroom!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute story This is a magnificent story to read in the classroom. Enjoyment for all
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable Such a sweet little heartwarming story. It has many uses for teachers in the classroom as well. my students loved it!!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Confidence Building This book, The Most Magnificent Thing" is a great resource to use when doing creative projects with children. It tells them that they can make fantastic things that are purposeful.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lovely illustrations and book.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute must read! 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!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational What a wonderful story for little girls to read! It tells the tell of an independent girl who perseveres while inventing something new. The illustrations are also wonderful!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I loved this book and so did my daughter. Great message and the illustrations are very well done!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read My children love this book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning to Overcome Challenges I read this book with my little one who can get frustrated when his ideas don't come to life the same way he imagines them. This is a great story about getting past the frustration and finding solutions from 'failed' ideas.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love the book It's very colorful and a great read to my brother
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun book, good illustrations My daughter loved this tale (and so did I) about working to try & build the most magnificent thing. Good message about learning to persevere and be creative.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Great book! Love the story!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful message What a wonderful message for children. Never give up, be creative and you can build/create/do anything you set your mind to.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for introducing a STEM task This fun little book teaches perseverence, innovation, and creativity.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and fun! Shows that someone's trash can be another person's treasure. All things can be reused if someone is clever enough to make something new of something old. Pictures are adorable and compliment the story very well. Great reading to children and wonderful addition to any youngster's library.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! My son and daughter love this book. They enjoy the journey through emotions and the comical canine sidekick.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little book! This is a great little book about being creative, using your imagination, following your dream, and learning from your mistakes. And it was fun to read! A must-have addition to our little home library. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very imaginative! I read this book to my class and we talked about how we should never give up!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read aloud for the classroom This story is great for explaining what it means to persevere, though what I love most is that it is about the process of creating. It explains how mistakes help us learn and improve our ideas so that we are able to accomplish something we can be proud of. This book is a perfect tie into many areas of the curriculum including, Science, Technology and Art.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Perfect learning/teaching tool for the little one.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT LESSON Never give up, keep trying and you will achieve your goals. A great lesson to all children.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has a great moral. Fun writing and a great storyline to encourage kids not to give up on a project and keep on tinkering. Introduces some good vocabulary.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original concept This picture book is a sort of manual for creativity and learning through trial and error. The message is that any idea can have some good bits, and thinking and re-working ideas may lead to success. The art work perfectly illustrates this concept.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book! great book for kids to learn !
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great teaching tool for young ones. Well written.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for teaching grit I used this as a tool for teaching my toddler about perseverance. She loves it!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute one of my favorite book for my kids!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gift for a friend I'm told it's one of her favourites.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important Lesson The lessons in this book are so, so important for this age group. The author does a great job imparting them through the story.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! Added to the kids book collection by their aunt. Such a good book!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book to teach about patience and tenacity. I just read it for the first time to my boys and can't wait to read it again. My kids enjoyed it and also understood the message the book was saying.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book for kids. My daughter ordered it and loves it.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal book This book is great for promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills in kids. I use it often in my primary classroom. My own kids (3 and 4) love this book as well.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story! Bought this for my 4 year old twins....we all truly loved this story about vision, persistence and love. Had to buy it for a friend because we liked it so much.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from every child should read this book Bought 7 copies for each of my grandchildren
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thumbs up from the under 6 crowd! This was a big hit with my nieces! Requested regularly, the story is charming and thoughtful and fun. The illustrations are fantastic as well.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! The characters are great and the story unravels in a thoughtful way. You can feel the,little girl's frustration growing until she finally walks away. Still she comes back with a new way of looking at the problem, showing the importance of perseverance. Funny and very relatable.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cute A great book for children!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love I read this book to my little cousin (who is 5) and she loves it!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book amazing and cute storyline. would recommend thifbbook
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Book A great book for kids about being creative.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth the price! Holds a beautiful message! A bit pricey, but well worth it! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful story Very well written with a wonderful message!
Date published: 2016-11-29
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 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 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

Editorial Reviews

A little girl has big plans to make the most magnificent thing, with the help of her canine sidekick.-Canadian Family