by Ashley Spires

     A girl and her dog-assistant set out to create the most magnificent thing! No matter her inspiration and perspiration, it just didn’t turn out the way she wanted.  What happens next? A melt-down. 

     Tinkering, inventing, and inspiration are not unheard of in the design and engineering process.  In any inventive process, frustrations are bound to occur.  Stories abound of famous inventors who experienced failures before success.  This book is so important in showing children that if you take a break and walk your dog, you may see your project in a new light.  Wow!

     Ashley Spires not only wrote this masterpiece, but also illustrated it with perfect illustrations.  I especially like following the girl’s trail of attempts on the sidewalk.  She reminds me of my granddaughter!      You can find this K—2 picture book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million (in English and Spanish)

Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. Kids Can, 2017.  ISBN-10 : 1554537045

ISBN-13 : 978-1554537044


K-2-ETS1-1 Engineering Design

Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

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