Spoon

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By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Disney Hyperion Books, 2009

Lately, Spoon had been feeling blue. “What’s wrong?” asked his mother. “You look a bit out of shape.” “Nothing,” mumbled Spoon. “It’s just that…I don’t know…All my friends have it so much better than me. Like Knife. Knife is so lucky! He gets to cut, he gets to spread. I never get to cut or spread.”

Sad little Spoon thinks everyone’s got it better than him. Fork gets to plunge face-first into a fiery BBQ grill and lasso spaghetti, for instance. And Chopsticks are just so cool and exotic. Fortunately, patient and wise Mama Spoon is there to remind Spoon of his unique abilities. This picture book offers a refreshing spin on a heard-it-lots-before message (“Everyone’s special in their own way”). Rosenthal’s droll insight is as welcome as ever and Magoon has somehow managed to make various kitchen utensils as cuddly and winsome as Winnie the Pooh.

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