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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547610831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547610832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . [a] delightful, sparsely-worded book. . ."  Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2012

". . .lavishly illustrated. . ."  New York Times, May 13, 2012
"innovative and spare. . . [with] breathtaking illustrations."  The Guardian (UK)


"Dramatic paintings add depth and foreboding to a lesson about excessive materialism."--Kirkus

"The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things."--Publishers Weekly

"This is a timely, clearly needed fable for contemporary society as it tries to unravel itself from excessive materialism. Ideal for discussions about reducing consumption."--School Library Journal, starred review "This minimally told story delivers a strong antimaterialism message, and kids with a habit of amassing stuff may, like Magpie, recognize their own reflections."--Booklist "The lesson about living simply carries here, gracefully communicated both in the illustrations and the spare text."--Bulletin

"The message here is overt, but the treatment is clever, effective, and commendably understated."--Horn Book

About the Author

I. C. Springman is a small-house person in a McMansion-loving world. She lives as simply as possible with one husband, three dogs, and too many books somewhere down south. More was written for her grandsons, Mason and Jack, with the hope that one day there will be enough for all. 
 
Brian Lies is the award-winning author and/or illustrator of more than two dozen children's books, including his New York Times best-selling bat books (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, and Bats at the Ballgame).  He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, and two cats, and battles clutter in his garage, basement, and studio.

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Extremely well done and beautifully illustrated.
My2Cents
Mr. Lies does not use digital enhancement to create his art and the detail is also so cool.
kjohnsson
I would recommend this book to little kids who are learning clean up and share.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The lion's share of credit for this less-is-more book belongs to illustrator Brian Lies (Bats at the Ballgame).

A hoarding magpie is confronted by his murine friends. In the spirit of the popular spate of reality TV shows (Hoarders: The Complete Season One, Hoarding: Buried Alive Season 1), intervention is the answer. Youngsters will identify with the magpie's (ultimately unhealthy) fondness for trinkets and baubles, and perhaps parents should pay attention, too. Subsequent research turned up an interesting definition in my Merriam-Webster's; magpie: one who collects indiscriminately.

Kudos to the author--Is I. C. Springman a pen name?--for her use of quantifiers (e.g., a few, lots, too much) to teach the value of moderation. The concluding exchange--"Enough? Yes, enough."--evokes Goldilocks' own "just right."

As for Brian, what can I say? He has drawn what must be hundreds of thingamabobs, all textured and layered and so realistic. The LEGO brick and chess rook were early and obvious favorites. Further searching turned up an Inverted Jenny (upside down 24˘ stamp from 1918) and a cassette tape of Pink Floyd's The Wall.

Only two small points for improvement here:

First, and critically, this book would benefit from an Author's Note, with ornithological details. Magpies, for example, are found worldwide.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sadalit on March 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are so well-done and pleasing, and the message is so universally appropriate (who among us doesn't have too much stuff? And what child doesn't tend to pick up every little thing and want to keep it?), I absolutely recommend this book. As others have noted, the text is minimal, but you can find many ways to spend time poring over the pages. The sense of freedom at the end comes through without words - beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
MORE is an interesting book about concepts and conservation for very young children. It is a beautifully illustrated counting book that demonstrates the concepts of: a bit much; much too much and enough, as well as the concepts of less, a lot less, not so much, and yes, enough!

For example, nothing is illustrated by using a completely blank page; "something", by showing a single marble in a nest; "a few" with (3) objects in a nest; "more and more" by lots of birds delivering objects to the nest, and finally "more than enough" by the tree limb breaking by the weight of all of the objects in the nest.

Extremely well done and beautifully illustrated. This one is a great educational tool for little ones
RECOMMENDED.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kjohnsson on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The integrity of this wonderful book lies in its brevity, visualness and subtle humor. The story is more than just a parable of over-consumption. It's a story of keeping an eye out for friends, recovery, making choices, and moving on with lessons learned. The illustrations are wonderful and when you know the story behind them, it's even better. I met Brian Lies at an author signing event in Sandwich MA. Lovely presenter, great message for kids about how a story and a book come to be and the value of practice, practice, practice AND Mr. Lies sewed an amazing 'nest' that travels with him & his wife as they promote the title...if you are lucky enough to be at an event, you, too, may have a moment 'in the nest.' Mr. Lies does not use digital enhancement to create his art and the detail is also so cool. Perfect book for pre-schoolers but even older readers when we enter into a conversation about consumption and balance and even 'living simple.' That's for the adults maybe but the kids are well aware of too much, don't doubt it. Thank you, Mr. Lies, for ingesting this simple story and bringing us a visual treat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Stewart on May 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a wonderful book for our preschool age students to read and build their own nests. We were able to expand the book into exploring lots of simple math concepts! [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Harper on September 18, 2013
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This is a wonderful book on teaching kids to be thankful for what they have. A favorite in our house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Birdygirl on March 6, 2013
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Also a gorgeously illustrated book and explains concepts of less and more delightfully. II am waiting for another book to share with my students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barb Mechalke VINE VOICE on July 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My children and I love this book, Brian Lies is a favorite author, illustrator of ours and we were not disappointed by his latest effort as the illustrator of 'MORE' by I. C. Springman.

The text is simple but many readers, young and old, can relate to the message "less is MORE". I was inspired to do a 'hard weed' in the bedrooms and purge the unnecessary from our nest after reading this.

We love looking at the clever details in Brian's illustrations; the squirrel with the nut, the fat free yogurt lid, the mice taking off in the little car. It's all as cute as can be and should help to inspire clean rooms for all readers.
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