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The Most Magnificent Thing Hardcover – Picture Book, August 1, 2013

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Editorial Reviews


It's a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers.―Publishers Weekly

Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight.―
Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

... Spires's buddy tale of overcoming obstacles and learning to manage expectations will likely find an appreciative audience, especially in a classroom setting.―
Quill & Quire

This indefatigable little girl won't let frustration get in the way of creating her magnificent contraption. Determination is key!―
Today's Parent

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

This is a solid choice with a great message that encourages kids not to quit in the face of disappointment but rather to change their perspective and start over.―
School Library Journal

In the end, it's precisely the kind of book we need for kids these days. Perfection is a myth. Banged up, beat up, good enough can sometimes be the best possible solution to a problem. A lesson for the 21st century children everywhere.―
Elizabeth Bird,

Young readers will love the surprise ending. Readers learn that not everything comes out “just the right way” instantly.―
International Reading Association

The Most Magnificent Thing is a wonderful fable about effort and reward, in a tone perfectly understandable to younger children. A definite addition to public and primary school collections.―
CM Magazine

An entertaining book for the very young, this is also a useful reminder that most problems can be worked out if we give it time. Spires's digital artwork does a masterful job of injecting humour.―
The Montreal Gazette

Without being heavy-handed, the author has shown how perseverance, determination, vision, and dealing with your emotions can pay off. Illustrations add charm to the story ... This is a good read-aloud.―
Library Media Connection

The Most Magnificent Thing captures the ups and downs of the creative process perfectly ... with honesty and even a little elegance.―
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kids Can Press; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1554537045
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1554537044
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD380L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.53 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.25 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Indeed
By Indywrites on June 28, 2017
The Most Magnificent Thing is picture book worth reading time and again with our children even for us adults when we lose perspective. It sends the perfect message to the reader about not giving up and looking at the problem from a different point of view. Just set back and recharge before tackling a difficult problem that is stuck.

I was pulled into the book with the cover and blurb and immediately requested it. The book is not just a story about making something but learning as well. The girl tries to invent something, tinkering and planning as she goes about her task. Learning and play along with reading make a delightful trio in this book, The Most Magnificent Thing.

It is a simple story that can be a good guiding and motivating book for small children. I sat and read it to my son and we read it twice and talked about the pictures and all the little changes and activities the little girl was doing. Her cute, silly dog made the story funny and endearing. The furry assistant sure made a lot of things easy. Only now, my son is asking for his own assistant so he too can build ‘magnificent things’.

The illustrations are spot on making it a delight for the younger kids to read as well. The pictures of the ‘magnificent thing’ they are making and its different version was a fun clue to figure out. We played the game together to try to find the exact thing they were making.

The Most Magnificent Thing has excellent narration and language and teaches a child and adults about creativity, challenges, and not giving up. Often we are told to ‘take a break’ or ‘see things from a different perspective this book shares all this wisdom in a simple and rather cute manner.

A fresh, funny book full of wisdom. A perfect pick for an ideal gift book as well.

(I requested this book from KidsCanPress via NetGalley review is my own.)
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