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"The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things."--Publishers Weekly
"This is a timely, clearly needed fable for contemporary society as it tries to unravel itself from excessive materialism. Ideal for discussions about reducing consumption."--School Library Journal, starred review "This minimally told story delivers a strong antimaterialism message, and kids with a habit of amassing stuff may, like Magpie, recognize their own reflections."--Booklist "The lesson about living simply carries here, gracefully communicated both in the illustrations and the spare text."--Bulletin
"The message here is overt, but the treatment is clever, effective, and commendably understated."--Horn Book
Posted July 6, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, my four-year-old son, completely on his own, picked out MORE from our local library. The book looked good, so I let him check it out. It wasn't until I was reading it to him that evening that I realized that this books was so much MORE than good. MORE is a concept book -- It teaches quantities, from one item to a hoard to just enough. The text is clear, simple and basic. Exactly what is needed. The artwork, however, is anything but basic. And it, too, is exactly what is needed.
About halfway through this book, I realized we needed to own it. The illustrations were so staggeringly beautiful that I stopped reading and flipped to the cover to find out who created them -- Brian Lies. Brian Lies later told me that this book was years in the making, four, I think, and worth every second. I'm a former children's librarian so I could never desecrate a book by taking it apart and framing the pages, but this book sorely tempts me.