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By I. C. Springman, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
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Author I.C. Springman wrote this story for her grandsons but it brings a universal message for all. Don’t hoard stuff because it may be your ruin! A hoarding Magpie is questioned by his mice friends about having too much stuff. His love and collecting of shiny things overwhelms his space and puts him in danger. Can he be saved? Does he learn his lesson? Brian Lies’ beautiful and clever illustrations bring to life this simply worded story. It’s a counting book too that will help all kids learn lessons about overconsumption and looking out for friends.

— Ron, Los Angeles


A mouse teaches its magpie friend that more doesn’t mean better in this picture book from best-selling duo Springman and Lies.

“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.” —School Library Journal, starred review

This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is more more than enough?

Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their magpie friend from hoarding too much stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the New York Times best-selling Brian Lies, this book about conservation wraps an important message in a beautiful package.

About the Author

I.C. Springman has published short stories in various literary magazines. More is Springman's first children's book.

Brian Lies is the Caldecott honor-winning author-illustrator of New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the LibraryBats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. He has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358117902
ISBN-10: 0358117909
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 26th, 2019
Pages: 40