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The Most Magnificent Thing
Contributor(s): Spires, Ashley (Author), Spires, Ashley (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1554537045     ISBN-13: 9781554537044
Publisher: Kids Can Press
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2013
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Dogs
Dewey: E
Age Level: 3-7
Grade Level: Preschool-2
Lexile Measure: 380 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Guided Reading: L (Grade 2)
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 9.3" W x 9.1" (0.80 lbs) 32 pages
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee, Primary, 2016
Black-Eyed Susan Award, Nominee, Picture Book, 2015
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended, Up to Seven, 2015
Buckaroo Book Award, Nominee, Children's, 2014
Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, Recommended, Children's Fiction, 2015
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 01/27/2014
Quill & Quire 03/01/2014 pg. 35
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2014
School Library Journal 04/01/2014 pg. 136
Booklist 04/01/2014 pg. 94
Foreword 05/27/2014
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2014 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
School Library Journal 02/01/2017 pg. 31
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 164735
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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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