- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: AD380L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554537045
- ISBN-13: 978-1554537044
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 571 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ashley Spires grew up in a little town on the coast of British Columbia called Tsawwassen with two parents, an older sister, eight cats, a dog and the occasional newt.
For a while she thought that animation was her future, but then photography caught her eye, which led her to bookmaking courses. These classes opened her eyes to the world of illustration and she never looked back. Delighted that there was, in fact, a career that allowed her to remain in her pajamas, hang out with her cats and be productive at the same time, she knew illustration was the perfect job for her.
Ashley spent time living in Toronto and Saskatoon before returning to her home turf of Delta, British Columbia where she now resides with three cats, a dog and her extremely patient fella.
Everyone Loves The Most Magnificent Thing!
"A model for girl engineers.”
— Publishers Weekly.
"Precisely the kind of book we need for kids these days."
— Elizabeth Bird.
"Expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review.
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EMOTIONS; SOLVING PROBLEMS
One day, a young girl who enjoys creating things decides to build something truly special. So, after drawing diagrams, hiring an assistant (aka her best-pal pooch), and collecting materials, she establishes her sidewalk workshop. But, alas, bringing vision to fruition isn’t easy. Progressively, excitement and confidence wane, motivation turns to meltdown—then to defeat (I’m no good at this. I QUIT!). Happily, some timely dog walking brings clarity, calm, and an inspiration for an imaginative solution that just might work. Fanciful illustrations depict the spindly, cartoonish characters; the girl’s intricate found-object contraptions; and colorful scenarios against black-and-white line drawings of a city-neighborhood setting. Interspersed all-capitalized words enliven the text, though the smaller-sized, spiky font may be more for one-on-one sharing or slightly older readers. With witty and whimsical elements (including the dog’s side antics), this supportively portrays the sometimes-frustrating process of translating ideas to reality and shows how a new perspective can help problem solve and rekindle enthusiasm and joy. Grades K-2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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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.)
Child-friendly language and charming illustrations are a perfect combination in this story of hope, perseverance, and hard work as a little girl endeavors to create the most magnificent thing. She fails more than once, even becoming so frustrated that she gives up. But determination wins the day when she takes a look at all her "failures" and discovers each has an element that is just right.