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!
I'm not one to analyze children's books a lot. I either like it and will let my kids read it, or don't like it and bite my tongue when they want to bring something home from the library (do you have any idea how many Star Wars books there are? Holy Cow! Don't get me started on Dora or Barbie). This book, however, really got me thinking about what it's message was to my children. Specifically one of my children who is a lot like the girl in this book, except when things break and don't turn out, my child gets upset and quits. What this girl learns in the book is behavior that I want my children to emulate. Not only that, but it's a book that I could read to them again and again. The pictures are well done, and the story is excellent.
Title: The Most Magnificent Thing
Author: Ashley Spires
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published: April 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.