Published: April 1, 2014
Awards: OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Nominee (2015), Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize Nominee (2015)
Format: E-book from netgalley
Wow!! What an amazing book with a beautiful, truly insightful message for young children! I just loved it through and through!! It is the story of a little girl who wishes to create “the most magnificent thing.” Despite all her efforts it does not come out as planned. She is frustrated and upset, but is able to calm herself down with a walk. When she returns to look at her work, she slowly realizes the goodness and rightness in pieces of what she has created and is able to work with that to achieve something she is quite happy with and proud of. It is a message that even adults need to hear and can learn from.
The illustrations are lovely. I love the black and white backgrounds against the colorful foregrounds where the action is happening. I love the writing style and think that there is so much new language and vocabulary that can be developed in the reader by the reiterations of different verbs and adjectives in the sentences. This is a book that can be read again and again, and new things will be noticed, learned and appreciated.
I received this as a netgalley ARC, so was surprised when I read it to my children and they told me they had already heard/read it “thousands” of times at school. I now realize, it had been published 2 years earlier, so I’m not at all surprised that schools are making this a part of the curriculum and school experience. I highly recommend this to all children ages 3-10! It is wonderful!!
- What is the most magnificent thing that she attempts to make?
- What are some of the ways she tries to modify what she made so it will be as she imagined?
- Why does she get so upset?
- What does she do to calm herself down?
- What is something you would like to create? How would you like to go about making it? Do you think you might get frustrated along the way? How might you help yourself to calm down?
- Do you think taking a break from work might be a good thing? Why?
- If you were to have an assistant help you with your magnificent thing, who would it be? Why?
- Do you think it’s ok to not be able to make something exactly the way you wanted to?
- The girl in this book, keeps trying, she perseveres… what do you think would happen if she just gave up after she got mad?