Spoon (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Spoon, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, a story about not letting greener pastures distract from one’s blessings.

Spoon is your average, everyday utensil. He lives in the cutlery drawer with his mom and dad, visits his Aunt Silver for dinner on Sundays, and has friends like Knife, Fork and Chopsticks. He’s mostly a happy sort, but sometimes Spoon feels like his friends have it better than him: Chopsticks are really unique, Knife gets to cut and spread, and Fork gets to do just about everything! It makes Spoon feel a bit crummy, but little does he know, his friends have their own jealousies of him as well!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal recently passed away, leaving behind a wonderful body of work that includes some fantastic children’s books, and this is a jewel among them. It’s about appreciating who you are, and we really enjoyed it. I loved that it made a point to say that EVERYONE has insecurities and envies others, noting that there’s nothing wrong about having those kinds of doubts; it’s how you choose to manage them that matters. It also encourages kids to think about their own talents and blessings before comparing themselves negatively to others, and remembering that differences are what make us all special and unique. The illustrations are adorable, and give a lot of life to a kitchen full of utensils. The length is perfect for baby bookworms, and JJ enjoyed this one quite a bit. We would definitely recommend it, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!


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