Ashley Spires The Most Magnificent Thing

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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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    The Most Magnificent Thing
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    misspider

    26. October 2016 um 07:55

    What a wonderful and outstanding picture book! My son and I both loved the story of the little girl and her furry faithful assistant, who are set on inventing 'The Most Magnificent Thing'. Of course, the invention of something magnificent takes some trial and error - but if you don't give up, you can achieve something truly great. The message told with this story is a very important one for allchildren: if things don't work out immediately, do not give up but keep trying. However, the author wrapped this lesson in a wonderful story that will appeal immediately to little readers, using a good dose of humor - and a really cute little dog. The illustrations in this book worked perfectly together with the story: the background was only drafted with some black on white pencil strokes, while the things in the foreground very full-colored and with lots of detail to explore. Especially the scene where the girl and her dog walk along the long line of their failed attempts is impressively captured, and we had to scroll back and forth repeatedly to compare all the invented stuff and identify the possible pieces used to put them together.A really outstanding and original children's book - highest recommendation!(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

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