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The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires

Published by Kids Can Press, 2014
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓54537044

Ages 4-8

A girl has a vision of the most magnificent thing and sets to work making her idea a reality. 揟he girl saws and glues and adjusts She twists and tweaks and fastens. But her creation is all wrong. So she starts over. And over. And over. Nothing she makes is as magnificent as the vision she had in her head. Frustration ensues. Then a tiny little tantrum (揝he SMASHES pieces into shapes. She JAMS parts together. She PUMMELS the little bits in Her hands feel too BIG to work and her brain is too full of all the not-right things.) She and her assistant (a pug-like dog) go for a walk, and there are all her cast-off creations. As she looks closer, she begins to notice something right about each one of them. The neighbors think so, too, repurposing her cast-offs while she combines the best of every one of them into a most magnificent thing indeed. Ashley Spires抯 deftly uses humor in both narrative and art to explore the very real frustration and elation that comes with creativity, and sometimes just with being a kid.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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