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The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires

If you are not familiar with The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, we heartily recommend it for your short list of books to add to your bookshelf. This is the story of a girl and her best friend who just happens to be her dog (yes, once again it becomes obvious we love dogs) and their process to make the most magnificent thing. This treasure of a book shows young readers the fun and frustration of the creative process and how rewarding it is to persevere through those rough spots. The detailed illustrations meld perfectly with the engaging text and readers are sure to be inspired to imagine and create magnificent things of their own after finishing this wonderful story.

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The Most Magnificent Thing

Nothing goes better together than kids and a bunch of odds and ends! Since kids are natural crafters and problem solvers, their creations are always magnificent. This week we're taking our inspiration from Jane and encouraging young readers to create their own most magnificent thing. It's as simple as setting out a collection of recyclables and craft supplies and inviting your young inventors to create something special. Because their imaginations and the possibilities are limitless, their creations are guaranteed to amaze! 

The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires -

The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires -

The Most Magnificent Thing

Suggested Supplies

  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Any on our list of suggested art supplies
  • Recyclables: boxes, plastic jars, styrofoam, cardboard tubes, etc.
  1. Cut, draw, paint, glue and more to create your magnificent thing!

Related Activities 


More Fun with The Most Magnificent Thing

Students created this stop-motion video of The Most Magnificent Thing. Check it out - it's lots of fun!


Magnificent Snack Building

Set out edible building supplies and invite your young reader to create their most imaginative, magnificent snack ever. The possibilities for ingredients are endless - depending on your choices, it could be a whole meal (think bread cubes, cheese cubes, grapes, cooked sweet potato cubes, etc.). What a fun way to encourage healthy eating!

Magnificent Snack Building - The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires -

Magnificent Snack Building - The Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley Spires -

Magnificent Snack Building

Suggested Ingredients and Supplies

  • Cheese cubes
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Watermelon cubes
  • Apple cubes
  • Marshmallows
  • Carrot sticks
  • Grapes
  • Bread cubes 
  • Sweet or regular potato chunks
  • Toothpicks

    What else can your young reader think to use?
  1. Build your snack by connecting the different foods in creative ways to making a magnificent snack We used toothpicks, carrots sticks, and/or pretzel sticks as connectors, but who knows what your young reader will think of?


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