“The Most Magnificent Thing”
One day a girl has a wonderful idea to make the most magnificent thing. She knows how it will look and how it will work. After she makes it, it doesn’t look or work how she imagined.
She tries again and again but it still won’t work. It isn’t magnificent.
Frustrated and angry, she quits. Her trusty helper tells her to go for a walk.
When they return, she sees all the things she created. Each one better than before. That gives her an idea…
This book promotes discovery, the creative process, and risk-taking.
TITLE: The Most Magnificent Thing
AUTHOR: Ashley Spires
ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley Spires
PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2014
AGE GROUP: 6-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, the creative process, risk-taking
1) Pick an invention that interests you. What might you change to make it better? What might you add or subtract from it? Can you substitute a different part? What else can the invention be used for?
2) What do you do when you are frustrated? Do you quit, give up? Do you push forward and try again? Do you try a new approach? Tell about a time that you wanted to quit but you didn’t.
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