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    9781771381734 Electronic book text, $9.99 CAD 9781771381741 Electronic book text, EPUB, $9.99 CAD 9781771381758 Electronic book text, Kindle, $9.99 CAD 9781771382045 Electronic book text, PDF, $19.99 CAD
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    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: L Lexile measure: AD380L
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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group Availability: In stock On Sale Date: Apr 01, 2014 Carton Quantity: 44 $16.95 CAD
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Most Magnificent Thing, The
By (author): Ashley Spires Illustrated by: Ashley Spires
9781554537044 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Apr 01, 2014
$16.95 CAD
Active 9 x 9 x 0.38 in 32 pages Kids Can Press
 
Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading 2015, Short-listed 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2014, New York Public Library 2014, Winner ALA Notables Children's Book List, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) 2015, Winner Top 2014 Mighty Girl Books For Younger Readers, A Mighty Girl 2014, Winner Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children List, Recommended Book, NCTE 2015, Commended Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award , IBBY-Canada 2014, Short-listed Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association 2015, Short-listed Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, West Coast Book Prize Society 2015, Short-listed CCBC Choices , Cooperative Children's Book Center 2015, Winner Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards , Ontario Arts Council 2015, Short-listed Chocolate Lily Book Award, Picture Book Category 2015, Short-listed
A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

Ashley Spires grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the supposed stomping grounds of Bigfoot. She is the author and illustrator of a number of books for children, including Small Saul and the Adventures of Binky the Space Cat. She was the recipient of the 2011 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2011 Hackmatack Award for Binky the Space Cat and was shortlisted for a Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award and an Eisner Award for Binky Under Pressure. Ashley currently lives in the wilds of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

... Spires's buddy tale of overcoming obstacles and learning to manage expectations will likely find an appreciative audience, especially in a classroom setting.—Quill & Quire

Young readers will love the surprise ending. Readers learn that not everything comes out ?just the right way? instantly.—International Reading Association

Without being heavy-handed, the author has shown how perseverance, determination, vision, and dealing with your emotions can pay off. Illustrations add charm to the story ... This is a good read-aloud.—Library Media Connection

This is a solid choice with a great message that encourages kids not to quit in the face of disappointment but rather to change their perspective and start over.—School Library Journal

This indefatigable little girl won't let frustration get in the way of creating her magnificent contraption. Determination is key!—Today's Parent

The Most Magnificent Thing captures the ups and downs of the creative process perfectly ... with honesty and even a little elegance.—Globe and Mail

The Most Magnificent Thing is a wonderful fable about effort and reward, in a tone perfectly understandable to younger children. A definite addition to public and primary school collections.—CM Magazine

Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight.—Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

It's a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers.—Publishers Weekly

In the end, it's precisely the kind of book we need for kids these days. Perfection is a myth. Banged up, beat up, good enough can sometimes be the best possible solution to a problem. A lesson for the 21st century children everywhere.—Elizabeth Bird, SLJ.com

An entertaining book for the very young, this is also a useful reminder that most problems can be worked out if we give it time. Spires's digital artwork does a masterful job of injecting humour.—The Montreal Gazette

A little girl has big plans to make the most magnificent thing, with the help of her canine sidekick.—Canadian Family

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