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The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires is an adorable book about a young girl and her best friend, which is her dog. She wants to create the “MOST magnificent thing” and knows exactly what she wants it to do. She and her dog get to work but she quickly realizes her project isn’t as easy as she anticipated. She tries multiple times and fails. Eventually she gets MAD and decides to quit. Her dog convinces her to take a walk and she comes back to her project with a fresh outlook and enthusiasm.
The illustrations in this book are visual for children to understand the story and advance their vocabulary. The book encourages a child’s imagination as the girl builds and tinkers and hammers. Most importantly, it helps children understand how to deal with feelings and that it’s okay to make mistakes.
The STEM fields are challenging! And everyone fails at some point… sometimes repeatedly – this is experimenting – until they get it right. It can be extremely frustrating and quitting seems like the best option sometimes. BUT the best scientists and problems solvers, don’t quit. They take a break and come back to the problem with renewed enthusiasm. This book provides great examples and parallels to use for children in school. For example, if your child is getting frustrated with math homework, perhaps they just need to take a break and come back to the problem. I could see parents using moral in this book over and over to teach children how to deal with problems, feelings and frustrations and come back with a fresh outlook to their problems and frustrations.
We’ve personally added this book to our library and LOVE it. We’ve had it for over 2 years now and it is a book that is constantly pulled from the shelf at story time. You won’t regret picking this one up to read to your children.
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