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    3038 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN
    612-822-4611

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The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

Spires, Ashley
Spires, Ashley

Hardcover

AnimalsGeneral Juvenile Fiction

Publisher Price: $18.99

ISBN10: 1554537045
ISBN13: 9781554537044
Publisher: Kids Can Pr
Published: Aug 1 2013
Pages: 32
Weight: 0.80
Height: 0.40 Width: 9.30 Depth: 9.10
Language: English
Awards: Black-Eyed Susan Award, Buckaroo Book Award, Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Virginia Readers Choice Award
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.

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