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The Important Book

by Margaret Wise Brown

Hardcover, 24 pages

Published by HarperCollins (1999-05-19)

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"Rekindles the sense of wonder we were born with. True poetry about perceiving the world around us."*

Margaret Wise Brown, the New York Times bestselling author of the perennial classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, asks children to think deeply about the importance of everyday objects, from apples to spoons. With lyrical words and vivid illustrations by Caldecott winner Leonard Weisgard, The Important Book shows children just how important everyday objects can be.

What is the most important thing about a spoon? The fact that you can eat with it? What about an apple? Or a shoe? This book helps curious preschoolers notice important details about their everyday surroundings, like daisies are white, rain is wet, and a spoon is used for eating.

For the important thing about The Important Book is that the book resonates long after it's closed. What's most important about many familiar things—like rain and wind, apples and daisies—is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures. "A perfect book. The text establishes a word game which tiny children will accept with glee," said Kirkus.

Chosen as a "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" by the American National Education Association.

(*Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing magazine)

One Potato Review

Sounds threatening, but don’t worry: these are only suggestions, though they may have gained some currency in the sixty-something years since Margaret Wise Brown first proposed them. Is the important thing about a daisy that it is white? Or maybe its ticklish smell, or the fact that there are always lots of them? Feel free to weigh in: on the defining roundness of an apple, or a spoon, or the wind that emphatically blows. Or you - just you - and whatever it is that makes you different than everything else. A rousing exploration, for many ages.

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