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Spoon Hardcover – April 7, 2009
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Spoon is a spoon who is feeling down because his life is not as exciting as those of his friends Knife, Fork, and Chopsticks. He covets their thrilling jobs and unique styles ("And Chopsticks! They are so lucky! Everyone thinks they're really cool and exotic."). As it turns out, the other culinary implements think Spoon is the one who has it made-who else gets to bang on pots, dive into a bowl of ice cream, or relax in hot cup of tea? Invigorated by these reassurances, Spoon can't sleep and so hops into bed with his parents and, you guessed it, spoons. The details included in Magoon's artwork are laugh-out-loud funny: in the Spoon family photo, black-sheep Spork can be seen looking woeful off to the side; there is a cute gag about a dish who ran away with a spoon; and the depiction of the Chopsticks as a couple of deadly serious ballroom dancers prancing around a plate of sushi is indelible. Rosenthal's creation is adorable and funny and will be embraced by both children and parents. Booklist"
This witty tale evokes a strong sense of family with an underlying message of self-acceptance. Young Spoon is one of a large clan that ranges from measuring spoons to ladles, from refined Aunt Silver to elaborate commemorative spoons to a spork who stands uncertainly to one side. Spoon, with his head on a sugar-packet pillow, enjoys a bedtime story "about his adventurous great-grandmother, who fell in love with a dish and ran off to a distant land." Feeling "blue" (he's perched on a bowl of blueberries), he suffers an identity crisis. Perhaps he'd rather be Knife, who gets to cut and spread, or Fork, who gets to twirl spaghetti, or the "cool and exotic" Chopsticks? But the others envy Spoon as well, for the special things that only a spoon can do, such as measure and relax in a hot cup of tea. Rosenthal takes the daffy concept and runs with it, gracefully folding her lesson into the whimsy. Magoon's expressive line drawings reveal the feelings of the various utensils with wonderful humor and pleasingly muted colors. Hurrah for Spoon! Kirkus"
Top Customer Reviews
What didn't make him smile was the fact that he was a bit jealous of his friends, the fork, the knife and the chopsticks. They could do all kinds of things he couldn't do like fork up a salad, swirl up spaghetti, slice up a piece of cake and even pick up sushi. But what Spoon didn't know was that they were all talking behind his back and were very jealous of him. "Spoon is so lucky!" they were all saying and telling everyone the fun things Spoon could do that they couldn't. Was Spoon ever going to understand and realize just how lucky he was?
This is a delightful story with a serious message that can be read to the young child whether or not they are experiencing jealousy issues. A story like this can reassure and assure them that each one of us has some very special assets that others look at and admire (and sometimes are jealous of). We are all very unique with special qualities. Spoon's friends "will never know the joy of diving headfirst into a bowl of ice cream." This is an adorable cuddle up and read in a rocking chair you won't want to miss!
My son is not a big reader, he mostly reads comic books and Captain Underpants, and sometimes says he's too old for picture books. This book might appear very simple and appropriate for little ones, but it has enough charm and humor for older children as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such fun to read. This is a good addition to my home library for my grandkids.Published 6 days ago by Kathy McWilliams
Cute story and illustrations, good life lesson, witty humor. Toddler son & I both enjoy it!Published 2 months ago by Nancy
Spoon is an adorable book that kids and adults will enjoy! It's funny, smart, and a great lesson about being yourself!Published 3 months ago by Michelle T Huhn
I bought this book in January and I've loved it ever since! Even though it may seem like a book for children, all ages love it. My mom and all of my friends love this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nita Likes Chickens
This was to mended by a friend and it's AWESOME! Super cute book about a spoon that thinks everyone else has it better than he does until he realizes that he's got it pretty good... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Field