The Most Magnificent Thing, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, is a book so many of us can relate to! How many times have you had the perfect idea in your head only to face disappointment and frustration when it didn’t happen like you expected? This happens to me, more than I would like to admit. I’m really good at coming up with ideas and then calling my husband saying “so I was thinking…” I want all of my children to dream big imagination dreams. I even want them to face disappointment so they learn how to gather themselves back up and continue on.
The girl in this book has no name. The author points out that this was done on purpose because this girl could be anyone and she wants the readers to see themselves in the girl’s struggle, not the girl. It could be my daughter or yours, a friend of a friend, a niece, a granddaughter, or even you. She comes up with an idea for the most magnificent thing and sets to work to make it just so. After working and tinkering and smoothing, this thing is just not right. And this girl gets angry! But after taking a walk to calm down, she comes back around to see that if she did this and put that there perhaps she could make this thing magnificent after all… she just needed a different perspective.
Female inventors, mathematicians, scientists, builders, dreamers, and go- getters pave the way for girls of all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and backgrounds to become creators of most magnificent things. We need women who aren’t afraid to hold a drill, walk in to a science lab with confidence, and who not only dream big but follow through. We are better when girls have examples of women who make this world a better place.
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Want to learn more about this book? The trailer is HERE! And you should seriously watch it!
You can check out a list of women inventors HERE, and I’m just going to go ahead and give a shout out to Ruth Wakefield the inventor of chocolate chips. What would my life be like without chocolate chip cookies? I dare not think about it.