Most Magnificent Thing, The

Ashley Spires
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Even when everything goes wrong, this little girl tries her best to succeed at her dream. After many failed attempts to create the most magnificent thing she just gives up, but not for long. When visited by a group of needy customers, she realizes that her inventions might seem wrong to her, but that there is some right in them. She might be young but she is determined to create a masterpiece. When it seems like she's lost all hope, her trusty dog is always there to support her. Join this adventurer on her journey of creation. The reader is able to see exactly what is happening through Ashley Spires' amazing, bright, and realistic illustrations. Do you believe that she can create a masterpiece? Find out by reading The Most Magnificent Thing. Submitted by: Rileigh C. 

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@wlamother
#mostmagnificentt... I like this book because it fits more than one genre.
@gleneishaguppy
#mostmagnificentt... my sons love this book so much they read it all the time. A great adventure book