Spoon

Spoon

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by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Scott Magoon
     
 

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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

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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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Spoon is a spoon who is feeling down because his life is not as exciting as those of his friends Knife, Fork, and Chopsticks. He covets their thrilling jobs and unique styles ("And Chopsticks! They are so lucky! Everyone thinks they're really cool and exotic."). As it turns out, the other culinary implements think Spoon is the one who has it made-who else gets to bang on pots, dive into a bowl of ice cream, or relax in hot cup of tea? Invigorated by these reassurances, Spoon can't sleep and so hops into bed with his parents and, you guessed it, spoons. The details included in Magoon's artwork are laugh-out-loud funny: in the Spoon family photo, black-sheep Spork can be seen looking woeful off to the side; there is a cute gag about a dish who ran away with a spoon; and the depiction of the Chopsticks as a couple of deadly serious ballroom dancers prancing around a plate of sushi is indelible. Rosenthal's creation is adorable and funny and will be embraced by both children and parents.—Booklist

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

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

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423106852
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Series:
Spoon Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
51,809
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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