Spoon

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Meet Spoon.

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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Overview

Meet Spoon.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
A key issue in early childhood classrooms is how to support young children in being happy with being themselves. Very often books about such themes are fairly heavy-handed. However, Amy Rosenthal's latest offers a wonderfully offbeat way to look at issues of sameness and difference. Little Spoon comes from a large and diverse family. He has been quite happy with himself as a utensil but as he thinks about his friends—fork, knife and chopsticks—he begins to worry that somehow they might be better than he is. However, once Spoon is able to hear how the others see the very special things that he is able to do, he is so pleased that he finds it hard to sleep. That is, until he does one of the things that spoons do best—snuggle up next to a fellow spoon. Scott Magoon's drawings are somewhat reminiscent of Mo Willems' style, but they are perfect vehicle for with this story. Children who get to know this story are likely to never look at their everyday eating implements in the same way again. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

It seems that young Spoon is having feelings of inadequacy since he cannot do what other pieces of cutlery can do. He cannot slice like Knife, or pierce things like Fork, and he's certainly not exotic like Chopsticks. Apparently this is a drawer-wide problem because the knives, forks, and even chopsticks wish they could do what Spoon can do: bang, plunge into a bowl of ice cream, or clink against a bowl of cereal. Soothed by his mother with these thoughts, he "felt so alive!" So he hops over the drawer divider to snuggle with his parents. Although this is a nice try at creativity, the story asks too much from its readers for too little payoff. There are many wonderful stories about overcoming feelings of jealousy and reinforcing self-esteem. This is not one of them.-Jane Marino, Great Neck Library, New York

Kirkus Reviews
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! (Picture book. 3-8)
Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
Spoon feels like his friends have it so much better than he does. Knife, Fork and Chopsticks all lead lives that are more exciting than his, little Spoon thinks. But his mom reminds him that he gets to dive into ice cream and relax in hot tea. Maybe Spoon has it better than he knows. The message of being thankful is presented in such a fun and unusual way that young readers will want to break out their own spoons and celebrate. Rosenthal's narration is well-paced and clear, leaving plenty of time for children to admire the pictures. Each character has a slightly different voice and tone which keeps listeners engaged. Background music flows through the text, with plenty of bluesy horns to mimic Spoon's mood. Listeners can hear the book with or without page turns, and a Spoon-inspired song follows the text for more listening enjoyment. School and public libraries with an active read-along collection are encouraged to purchase this item. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Spoon longs for a life of adventure. His friends Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks all get to do exciting things like cut and spread, stab meatballs, pick up rice. However, Spoon gets "stir-crazy" or "bent out of shape" with no fun things to do. Little does he know that Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks believe Spoon's life offers more thrills than they have experienced. From their perspective, Spoon can dive into a bowl of delicious ice cream; soak in a cup of hot tea, or clank against the side of a cereal bowl. He even has the important task of measuring things. In addition, Spoon can do things alone and chopsticks are never separated. Spoon's mother gently points out the special things he can do and Spoon ends up accepting who he is. This animated DVD is short enough—eight minutes—to hold the attention of children as young as two. Text runs on the bottom of the page throughout and is highlighted as it is read, reinforcing early reading skills. Self-worth, feelings, uniqueness, and self-acceptance are addressed in this simple, yet delightfully engaging format that entertains as it teaches. Relatable concepts make a good springboard for discussions in pre-school and early elementary classrooms. In addition to the story the DVD has an interview with the author and the music creators telling how they came up with the music. This DVD will capture the hearts of pre-schoolers and early elementary students.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Spoon is happy living with his large family in the silverware drawer, but sometimes he feels sad that he can't spread things like Knife, do some of the things Fork does, and be cool like Chopsticks in this fully-animated version of the tale (Hyperion, 2009) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Little does Spoon realize that his friends wish they could also stir and measure things. This is a very simple story about self esteem and, although the message is clear, Rosenthal keeps the moral from being too heavy-handed. Scott Magoon's simple watercolor-and-ink illustrations give the anthropomorphized cutlery a good deal of personality. Rosenthal narrates her tale, giving all the characters distinct voices and personalities. The upbeat original background music, composed by Jack Sundrud and Rusty Young and recorded with a variety of instruments, complements the mood of the book. Interviews with the author and music composers provided added interest. A good choice for schools or preschools to help young children understand that everyone should celebrate what makes them special.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423106852
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Series: Spoon Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 52,507
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the author of picture book favorites such as Little Pea. Little Hoot, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and The OK Book. She has also written several books for adults including Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. She lives with her family in Chicago.

Scott Magoon is the author and illustrator of Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything. He also illustrated The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating by A. W. Flaherty and Ugly Fish by Kara Lareau. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and children.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    This is a great story and a great lesson for kids (and adults) of all ages.

    "Spoon" is a new book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon. It is all about Spoon, the main character, not recognizing his special ways of doing stuff and wishing he were more like his friends.
    Spoon says he wishes he could do the things that his friends Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks could do. What he doesn't know is that all of his friends wish they were more like him because of the special things he can do. They think that Spoon is so special because he can do things like diving headfirst into a bowl of ice cream.
    The story of Spoon is a great kids' book. It teaches the important lesson to not be jealous of what others can do, but instead to be happy with what you can do because everyone is special in their own way.
    This is a great story and a great lesson for kids (and adults) of all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    SPOON is so CUTE!

    A funny, sweet story about a Spoon who wonders if the other utensils have it better than him. His mother and father talk him through it (the others are different, not better), and the story ends with a goodnight and all the spoons spooning in their drawer. My daughter makes me read it every night before bed, and she's been "reading" it back to me, too!

    The art is super-cute and appealing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Definitely a must read!!!!

    This book is a great way of introducing to young children to accept other people for their differences!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Review by Becky Tobin

    Spoon was an awesome book for my husband Bill and I to give to our grandchildren. It is a simple book and because of their ages ( 7, 5, 3, and 1 )they could understand what it meant. It truly told a story how special each one of them are and not to forget it. Also, talking of ice cream and eating cereal, children know and do these things and can relate. Our grandchildren live out-of-state, 3 in Ohio and 1 in Texas, so both families received the book. As an added touch, my husband hand-carved each grandchild spoons for them to have whenever they eat their ice cream and their cereal. Each spoon is different in its own way like they are, like the book says. Plus the spoons will be a remembrance for them to have from their Papa Billy.
    I was fortunate to find this book and pass it on to my grandchildren.


    Becky Tobin

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Absolutely adorable! A Must-Own book!

    This book is the epitome of cuteness and another winner from Amy Krouse Rosenthal. The illustrations are utterly fantastic, especially when Spoon and his friends are demonstrating their respective culinary abilities. The language is cute without being cutesy, smart and clever and doesn't talk down to kids. A wonderful overall lesson, a must have for any parent and perfect gift to any child (of any age).

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