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The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

The Important Book

by Margaret Wise Brown

Other authors: Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)

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This is a great book to quite literally introduce the comprehension strategy of determining importance. This would be a great book from K-3 to start the discussion about what is important about the book or what the author's purpose was for writing the book. I would have the students begin making a list of what they felt was most important about specific items before leaping into a more complex text.
  KyraE | Jun 3, 2018 |
Age: 3-8
This book deals with many important topics such as the moon, wind, and rain just to name a few. Readers have the ability to learn a lot from this book regardless of the age.
Source: School library
  heatherhoover | May 31, 2018 |
a motivational story.
A circle story.
  Lauralee96 | Oct 6, 2017 |
paperback. The important thing about glass is you can see through it....
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
This book is wonderful in the sense that it tells a story why everyday objects are important and that everything and everyone has a reason why they are here. I would honestly read this to any grade to remind the kids that they are always special because they are them and cared about because of it. ( )
  MarkiT | May 8, 2017 |
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"The important thing about rain is/ that it is wet./ It falls out of the sky,/ and it sounds like rain,/ and makes things shiny,/ and it does not taste like anything,/ and is the color of air./ But the important thing about rain is that it is wet."

Goodnight Moon creator Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book is a deceptively simple exercise--taking familiar things like an apple, spoon, or shoe, and finding the most basic association with those things. The most important thing about an apple? It is round. A spoon? You eat with it. A shoe? You put your foot in it. But why, according to Brown, is the most important thing about grass "that it is green," while the most important thing about an apple is "that it is round"? Why is "that it is white" the most important thing about snow and a daisy? Whether or not you'd distill these things in the same way that the author does, Brown makes us think about the essence of everyday entities in new ways. The illustrations, by Caldecott Medal winner Leonard Weisgard (The Little Island), perform the same function--capturing the spoonness of spoons, the roundness of an apple, the motion of wind.

Happily, Brown went on to create the companion Another Important Book, about the importance of being one, two, three, four, five, and six years old--published for the first time in 1999 with fabulous artwork by Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka (Yo! Yes?). Both of Brown's "important books" will endure the test of time as fresh, thought-provoking ways to examine the world around us. (Click to see a sample spread. Text copyright renewed 1977 by Roberta Brown Rauch. Illustrations copyright renewed 1977 by Leonard Weisgard. Permission from HarperCollins Publishers.) (Preschool and older) --Karin Snelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:51 -0400)

Relates what is important about glass, a spoon, a daisy, grass, rain, snow, an apple, wind, sky, a shoe and you.

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