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Spoon (The Spoon Series, 1) Hardcover – Picture Book, April 7, 2009
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He's always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn't cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon? A book for all ages, Spoon serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes us each special.
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This witty tale evokes a strong sense of family with an underlying message of self-acceptance. Young Spoon is one of a large clan that ranges from measuring spoons to ladles, from refined Aunt Silver to elaborate commemorative spoons to a spork who stands uncertainly to one side. Spoon, with his head on a sugar-packet pillow, enjoys a bedtime story "about his adventurous great-grandmother, who fell in love with a dish and ran off to a distant land." Feeling "blue" (he's perched on a bowl of blueberries), he suffers an identity crisis. Perhaps he'd rather be Knife, who gets to cut and spread, or Fork, who gets to twirl spaghetti, or the "cool and exotic" Chopsticks? But the others envy Spoon as well, for the special things that only a spoon can do, such as measure and relax in a hot cup of tea. Rosenthal takes the daffy concept and runs with it, gracefully folding her lesson into the whimsy. Magoon's expressive line drawings reveal the feelings of the various utensils with wonderful humor and pleasingly muted colors. Hurrah for Spoon! Kirkus"
Young Spoon lives a fairly happy life with a large extended family (including a ladle and a very fancy Aunt Silver), but he can't help being a bit jealous of some of his friends. Knife, for example, "is so lucky! He gets to cut, he gets to spread." Not to mention Chopsticks: "Everyone thinks they're really cool and exotic! No one thinks I'm cool or exotic." Spoon's mother doesn't try to change his mind, but reacts neutrally. Outside conversations let readers know that Spoon is being envied right back: "Spoon is so lucky!" sigh the Chopsticks. "We could never function apart." At bedtime, Spoon's mom offers encouragement ("Your friends will never know the joy of diving headfirst into a bowl of ice cream") then invites him into the big bed-to spoon, of course. The talented Magoon (Mystery Ride!) gives the utensils plenty of personality, with wide eyes and expressive antlike appendages, and Rosenthal's (Little Pea) skillful storytelling moves along briskly. The humorous but earnest message about valuing one's own talents comes through loud and clear. PW"
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 7, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1423106857
- ISBN-13 : 978-1423106852
- Reading age : 3 - 5 years
- Lexile measure : AD520L
- Grade level : Preschool - Kindergarten
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.87 x 0.37 x 8.75 inches
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So the wackos who think this book is somehow innapropriate for children because of the last line of the book that reads..."Come here, Spoon.".....please go back to the 2nd grade and learn a thing or two about grammar. That little period with the pointy thing coming out of it between 'here' and 'Spoon' in that sentance is called a comma. In this use, (Look I used one too!!) the comma separates Spoon from the rest of the sentence, desigating the word as a nous, not a verb. The capital 'S' is a good tip off of that as well.
So get a life, people. (That sentence is structured the same way. A command, telling you to get a life, then a comma, then the noun indicating who the command is directed toward. In this case, overly sensitive people who failed 2nd grade grammar.) It is not saying "Come here and spoon" like it's some kind of dirty silverware sex act. It's a play on words. If you can't get that, this child's book may be too advanced for your reading skills.
The message is perfect for little kids: Learn to find and love your own qualities while appreciating (without envying) the good qualities of others. No preaching, no rhyming (thank you ... I'll puke if I must read another rhyming kids book); just a very well written, well presented book.
My daughter and I just hope, hope, hope that Amy and Scott are working on Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks.
What makes this book so good for starters is the great illustrations. This book takes place with kitchen utensils. Spoon is feeling a bit jealous of his kitchen mates until his mother comes to the rescue. She shows him that everyone has something that makes him special including himself. Spoon is really happy when he learns this special talent.
In addition to this being a great read for younger kids, I find this to be a great conversation starter. So many kids get envious really fast. To an adult a lot of this issues may seem petty but to a child, they are really important. I like to read this book to kids as old as 10 when faced with social issues. We talk about it and this helps them find their talents.
Overall this is a great book and has many uses to it from being a great lesson to younger kids and a conversation starter with older kids.