The most magnificent thing (#0905AVX)

by Spires, Ashley

6 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Kids Can Press, 2014
Price: USD 21.68
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.9
AR 2.9 LG .5 164735EN; RC 1.3 1; LEX AD380L


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A little girl has a wonderful idea. With the help of her canine assistant, she is going to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. But making the most magnificent thing turns out to be harder than she thinks.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-48987-153-5 (originally 1-55453-704-5)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48987-153-4 (originally 978-1-55453-704-4)
  • Follett Number: 0905AVX
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.9
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 164735EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 1.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD380L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 04/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 03/15/14
  • Library Media Connection, 10/01/14
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/27/14
  • Resource Links, 06/01/14
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (April 1, 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 15))
Grades K-2. One day, a young girl who enjoys creating things decides to build something truly special. So, after drawing diagrams, hiring an assistant (aka her best-pal pooch), and collecting materials, she establishes her sidewalk workshop. But, alas, bringing vision to fruition isn’t easy. Progressively, excitement and confidence wane, motivation turns to meltdown—then to defeat (I’m no good at this. I QUIT!). Happily, some timely dog walking brings clarity, calm, and an inspiration for an imaginative solution that just might work. Fanciful illustrations depict the spindly, cartoonish characters; the girl’s intricate found-object contraptions; and colorful scenarios against black-and-white line drawings of a city-neighborhood setting. Interspersed all-capitalized words enliven the text, though the smaller-sized, spiky font may be more for one-on-one sharing or slightly older readers. With witty and whimsical elements (including the dog’s side antics), this supportively portrays the sometimes-frustrating process of translating ideas to reality and shows how a new perspective can help problem solve and rekindle enthusiasm and joy.

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