The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Toronto :, Kids Can Press,, c2014.
Branch Call Number: PICTURE BOOK
Characteristics: [36] pages :,colour illustrations,,24 cm.


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DBRL_JessicaS Nov 18, 2019

A young inventor has plans for the most magnificent thing. However, as she works and works, it takes a lot of trial and error to get her invention just the way she wants it.

Jun 13, 2019

2014; Kids Can Press/Hachette Book Group
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A little girl is in search of making the most magnificent thing with her assistant, her dog. The little girl soon finds herself frustrated with not being able to make the perfect thing. She gets so angry she wants to quit. Then she takes a step back and thinks for a bit and soon comes up with the most magnificent thing.

I am loving Spires' illustrations and the stories she tell are realistic and relevant to the children reading them. I like how Spires deals with frustration, perseverance and perfection.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

May 20, 2019

Being creative....sometimes what you don't expect is exactly what you need.

Jan 22, 2019

My cat has been fostered by Ashley Spires before.

Mar 28, 2018

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Publisher: Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9781554537044

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher Kids Can Press for the ebook ARC of The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires in exchange for an honest review.

A little girl sets out to make the most magnificent thing with the help of her canine assistant. After a lot of hard work, the end result is not what she had in mind. She ends up quitting, because she is frustrated. Her assistant suggests that they take a long walk and think about things. It slowly becomes clear to the little girl what she needs to do to succeed.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars. I think this a great story with a great message for children. It shows that practice and hard work can pay off in the end. It also shows patience. I really liked the illustrations in the book too. I read this book to my 4 year old daughter, and she really enjoyed it. She really liked that she was trying to build something magnificent and she liked that her dog was her assistant.

lydia_holmes221 Jul 17, 2017

Well, this was just totally delightful.

I love seeing little girls in STEM (or STEAM) and would totally purchase this for my classroom. This is about a little girl who sets out to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing. And it has such lovely illustrations but also very good 'sciencey' verbs for the little person in your life.

I like that it really showed the scientific process -- first we had diagrams, then many prototypes until finally, finally, after a lot of hard work, we came onto the most magnificent thing. A lot of the time if kids want to build things, they'll just build them, and that's fine, but when they're doing something scientific, they need more than just the idea in their head -- they need something concrete and on paper that they can refine.

With determination, perseverance and after a short tantrum, this clever little girl really does go on to build the most magnificent thing.

Jul 09, 2017

Nice story about perseverance and learning to take a step back from a difficult situation in order to see things from a different perspective. Super illustrations - watch the dog closely. He's a stinker.

May 04, 2017

A wonderful book to read with your child about how sometimes things don't go according to plan. Sometimes we have to deal with our frustration and then try again. It's not whether or not you get things right the first time, it's whether you keep trying. And, of course, we learn from our mistakes and maybe in the end can do better than if we had succeeded the first time.

ArapahoeJanetW Dec 09, 2016

It's hard to invent the perfect thing when you don't have the right materials. Our little heroine doesn't give up. Great story about perseverance and process.

Sep 06, 2016

This little inventor gal and her sidekick pup crack me up. She has a vision, if she could just get it to work! Luckily he's there to break the tension when the frustration overloads, and chase away squirrels when she needs to concentrate. A lesson about trying and trying again presented with a big helping of humor.

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A girl and her dog are best friends. They do everything together from exploring to racing to making things. So when the girl has an idea one day for “the most MAGNIFICENT thing” that they can make together, the dog has no objection. Plans are drawn up, supplies gathered, and the work begins. And everything seems to be fine until it becomes infinitely clear that the thing she has made? It’s all wrong! Not a problem. She tosses it and tries again. And again. And again. Soon frustration turns to anger and anger into a whopping great temper tantrum. Just when the girl is on the brink of giving up, her doggie partner in crime suggests a walk. And when they return they realize that even if they haven’t gotten everything right yet, the previous attempts did a right thing here or a right thing there. And when you put those parts together what you’ll have might not be exactly like it was up in your brain, but it’ll be a truly magnificent thing just the same.


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“One day, the girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing.”


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