The most magnificent thing by Ashley Spires (2014)

[Published by Kids Can Press]

magnificent I have too many things to say today, and I can’t work out how to link them all together. Okay, if in doubt, use underlined headings.

STEM This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and there is currently a real push to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM. Excellent.

#INMYSHOES I have just come across this wonderful story (thanks Tosca). A small English girl was very sad when she discovered a shoe store was selling Dinosaur shoes, but they were only for boys. Girls like dinosaurs too, was basically her sentiment. It has started a very cool hashtag on twitter where women working in various STEM type fields have posted photos of their footwear and descriptions of their jobs. Have a look here. Just a bit more excellent.

THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THINGIMG_1521 And for our final piece of excellence, today’s book. A small girl has an idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing!” Along with her trusty assistant, she gathers her supplies and gets to work. There is tinkering, hammering and measuring, and finally it’s complete. Only it’s not even slightly what she was expecting. She goes back to the drawing board and starts again.

More and more failed attempts pile up until finally the girl explodes. Luckily her assistant is very sensible and he suggests a walk. When she returns to the scene of her failure, she notices something, her creations are not entirely WRONG, in fact some of them have little bits of RIGHT. Once more she has a go. And this time, even though it isn’t perfect, it’s still pretty darn MAGNIFICENT.

There are all sorts of lovely ideas for exploring further in this book and I’m always incredibly pleased to see girls in picture books doing amazing inspiring things.

Check out The most magnificent thing at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy The most magnificent thing from Fishpond.

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