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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
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The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires

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This story is about a girl who has big plans to make the most magnificent thing, but tries, fails, and quits. She is convinced by her best fur friend to change perspective and start over. This book provides alternatives for dealing honestly with feelings of frustration, while at the same time reassuring children that it is okay and productive to make mistakes. The use of vocabulary in this book is very fun and engaging as the author uses verbs in groups of threes. The girl “tinkers and hammers and measures,” she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” and she “twists and tweaks and fastens.” This would be a great read-aloud to tie in engineering and science to any classroom. ( )
  tressafoster | May 30, 2019 |
The Most Magnificent Thing is about a little girl. She tries to invent this magnificent thing and it doesn't go right so she has to keep trying different things, and she doesn't give up. With wonderful illustrations and a fun story this teaches children it is okay to fail, but to keep trying. This story is fast paced so the child won't lose interest. The Most Magnificent Thing creates opportunities to discuss new words from the very beginning starting with one of the title words, magnificent, this would make a great new vocabulary word.
  CharleenWB | May 19, 2019 |
This is a great book about a little girl and her assistant (a dog) who are on a mission to make the most magnificent thing. She puts all kinds of different things together but none are what they want. She gets frustrated and quits and explodes with anger. Her partner suggests a walk to calm down and with that, sparks an idea from all of the things she previously made. Finally, When they get frustrated, they can take a break and come back with a clear head and be or do something great with they work they previously did. My students really enjoyed this book and they learned a lesson from it as well. They deal with frustration when they are overwhelmed with work and do not have success. We since, made a deal that they may take a break to cool down and come back to be successful if they are feeling overworked. ( )
  GrantHebert | Mar 19, 2019 |
A girl decides that she will make the most magnificent thing. She knows how it will look and how it will work she just has to make it. Since she makes things all the time, she thinks it will be easy-peasy. Her magnificent thing is not easy, throughout the story she becomes more angry with each failed attempted which leads her to quit all together. Her best friend that is a dog, convinces her to take a walk and come back to her project so she does and she gets it right! This book is an example of perseverance and creativity. The character gets frustrated but takes a set back and tries again. Many children including myself have gone through the same experience. This book shows it is okay to make mistakes and the girl's demeanor shows she will over come her frustration and make it work. ( )
  Larmand | Feb 26, 2019 |
"The Most Magnificent Thing" is about a little girl and her dog that want to create the most magnificent thing ever. She is confident that she knows just what to do. When she is finished building her creation, she is not satisfied. She makes some adjustments and the thing is still wrong. The little girl gets angry and wants to quit. This is a story to teach children to never give up. No matter how hard something may seem, you may be able to pick up the pieces and succeed in creating the most magnificent thing ever. ( )
  AlyssaMacy | Feb 19, 2019 |
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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.… (more)

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