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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
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 Library, Bats 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.
"Dramatic paintings add depth and foreboding to a lesson about excessive materialism."--Kirkus
"The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things."--Publishers Weekly
"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 minimally told story delivers a strong antimaterialism message, and kids with a habit of amassing stuff may, like Magpie, recognize their own reflections."--Booklist
"The lesson about living simply carries here, gracefully communicated both in the illustrations and the spare text."--Bulletin
"The message here is overt, but the treatment is clever, effective, and commendably understated."--Horn Book