The Most Magnificent Thing
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • The Most Magnificent Thing
ISBN: 1554537045
EAN13: 9781554537044
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2014
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 9.1" L x 9" W
Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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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   Good buy!
It's great to be back home, said Hepburn, also known for his "most magnificent" work. My daughter has been a huge fan of the Harry Potter series and I bought the book for her. Now she is becoming more aware of building, her imagination and her emotions. It really illustrates all the concepts of the American dream, said Mark Herr, executive director of the federal courts' Civil Rights Division. My only critique is that I went with the hardcover format because my daughter does so well with not destroying books, most of the time. It has a generous 10 inches by 23 inches and is a large hardback book. Board books would suite her toddler fingers better for toting the book around the house, Melissa said. Overall a good buy, Mr. Dhaliwal said.
   Magnificent Read
This story is so moving, said Blair McBride, executive director of media relations for AOL Europe. The message was lost on younger students, but the ones who were a little older or more mature really understood the message that you don't have to be perfect or do everything perfectly to end up in just the right spot. It was uplifting to remember that it's okay to let things go sometimes, and the world will continue to support you.
   Terrific for Growth Mindset
Absolutely adore her persistence, Tunick said. This is a fantastic book for the children who want to get it right the first time, yet need to remember that you sometimes have to keep trying, he said. Even with the introduction of the Leapfrog Academy, the concepts are just right for the 4-6 year olds in my world. I've fallen in love with this book.
   Entertaining with many uses!
As an Advanced Placement English teacher, I've used it in many classrooms. As part of the SCARP Robotics unit, you can use the robot for any number of SCARPER-related activities. It's great to be back home, said Gillian, "and I'm excited to be reading again." Before long, the youngster will have predicted what the inventor is actually working on: a robotic arm. The way the book was written and the illustrations were done were very creatively.
   Cute, but too focused on negative moods
It really fixes that, page after page, said Dr. Steve Yeager, director of the NIH's National Institutes of Health. He also tells us that we need to "avoid complacency" and to "be more inquisitive." The ending is sweet, too. She ultimately builds a thing that's practical and kind and makes her dog especially happy, he said. The book's publisher, Random House, says it is the first book designed for children by parents.
   A Magnificent Book
Leap back and take a breather, it teaches a great lesson about stepping back and looking at a problem with fresh eyes. It's just that my 2 1/2 year old son loves just flipping through the book and looking at the illustrations.
   Great Book
It was a surprise for me to find out that my oldest niece got it for her Easter. She tends to be hard on herself and this was a really good book for her, Simon said. It shows her no matter what you try, you can do anything you put your mind to.
   Super cute, a new favorite
This was the perfect book for my little engineer who doesn't always get things to work the way he plans them in his head. It's a really cute story, and one he asks for again and again." It's been on our list of bedtime requests since we found out about it. I feel like he can relate, but it's not too preachy, Grace said. It's a social story, but it's not a "you feel this, you need to do this kind of social story." It is a really cute story that shows a child working through a problem in a relatable way that is just super relatable and easy to understand, Melissa Hubach said.
   Never give up!
It was the perfect present for my 3 year old granddaughter. I teared up because its such a great message on not giving up on yourself, Blair said. I think it's so important to be a creative person, not just in the classroom.
   GREAT kids book!
This is one of my all-time favorite picture books. I have read it to my own kids over and over again and I bring a copy as a present to every baby shower I attend! My kids especially love that the dog pees on the failed project - it's not highlighted in the book, but they noticed it in the picture and giggle every time.