The Most Magnificent Thing is the story of a little girl who, with the assistance of her best friend in the whole wide world (a cute little dog), sets out to build "the most magnificent thing". Unfortunately, as she works, the thing she is trying to make just won't live up to the image in her mind, and fails to be magnificent. She becomes frustrated and gives up, declaring that she is no good at building things. Her friend suggests a walk, which works to clear her head, and she is able to come back to the project with fresh eyes and see that parts of her earlier failed attempts are not so bad after all.
This cute picture book, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, author of the Binky the Space Cat series has a great message for children and adults- that it okay to fail, and that while you might not get something right the first time, persistence can eventually pay off, especially if you take some time out to regroup and don't let frustration stop you altogether.
The illustrations are sweet, and the little girl reminds me of certain little perfectionist I know and love. I especially liked the part where the girl finds "an out of the way place to work", ie. right in the middle of the footpath where everybody else has to get past her and her pile of materials and equipment.
The Most Magnificent Thing is a cute, inspiring story that would be suitable for children in the early grades of primary school (maybe grade one or two) to read on their own.
Published: April 1 2018 Disclaimer: I was given an complimentary copy of this book by Kids Can Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.