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Written by I.C. Springman
Illustrated by Brian Lies
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
ISBN: 978-0-547-61083-2

Release date: March 5, 2012


When is more . . .

. . . more than enough?

One magpie, lots of stuff, and a few friendly mice show us that less is more.


Selections from Reviews:

Starred review, School Library Journal, March 2012:

“This is a timely, clearly needed fable for contemporary society as it tries to unravel itself from excessive materialism. Ideal for discussions about reducing consumption.”
—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City

Kirkus Reviews, “Picture Books Go Green,” April 20, 2012:

“This isn’t an explicitly moralistic tale for children about the idea that less is more. Instead, it’s an economically worded story of great—and graceful—restraint, illustrated in rich, detailed acrylics and colored pencil by Brian Lies.”

Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2012:

“We are meant to take away an anti-materialistic message from this tale of a magpie who accumulates so many possessions that catastrophe ensues. Yet this delightful, sparsely worded book feels less like a lesson than a playful exploration into the degrees of meaning in ordinary phrases.”

“In a fabulously illustrated modern fable, author I.C. Springman and illustrator Brian Lies have given us a spare, 44-word parable of the perils of acquisitiveness taken to its illogical extreme, compulsive hoarding.”

BooksForKidsBlog, February 27, 2012




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