Friday, June 12, 2015

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

"The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires is an illustrated children's book about a little girl and her best friend (who happens to be a dog) creating the most magnificent thing together through found objects.


This clearly will be a favorite amongst little girls with an engineering mind.  I love that Ms. Spires tackle this with a female subject and the little girl's creativity not with pretty things, but with technical skills.  Little girls are not only about dresses and dolls.  Vision, resourcefulness and perseverance are perfectly fine skills, for little girls even at a young age.

Besides the subject and theme of this book, the illustrations are also wonderful.  You can truly see all the feelings the little girl has from joy to frustration to a little grit in her determination.  Love the sidewalk scenes throughout, which reminds me of Brooklyn, NY.   The storyline is also a pleasant surprise, with the outcome of the little girl's attempts.  How can a book have it all?  

This book allows readers to see the brilliance Ms. Spires has in depicting a wonderful and modern storyline and setting  through the words and the art of The Most Magnificent Thing.  You and the little ones in your life will enjoy it.  

NOTE:  I received a complimentary E-copy of this book from the publisher, Kids Can Press for an honest review.   

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