November, 2015

The Most Magnificent Thing

by Ashley Spires
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The Magnificent Thing "stop-action"

Published on Feb 11, 2015

"This is Stop Motion Animation of the book "The Most Magnificent Thing" written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. Ripped Apart and animated by students at Elmwood School in Ottawa."

The students made photocopies of some pages of the book and animated them. Once the pictures were made into a movie, the students took turns narrating the story.

The Most Magnificent Thing Stop Motion

Watch author-illustrator and "maker" Ashley Spires hack The Most Magnificent Thing!

Watch as Ashley Spires changes her book into something completely different......

This year students at Al-Amal School students are problem solving by "hacking", "making", and creating. Join our challenge below.

NOTE: The tape used in the "hacking" of the book does not hurt the book. It can easily be removed without damaging the book.

The Most Magnificent Thing Book Hack with Ashley Spires

About the Author

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Ashley Spires

"Author and illustrator Ashley Spires grew up in Tsawwassen, BC and after stints living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she now lives in Ladner, having made an educated decision to never move from BC again. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. Her picture books, including Larf, Small Saul and The Most Magnificent Thing, are known for providing readers, young and old, with a good laugh.

When not drawing, she is often jogging with her dog Gordon or wrangling her three cats, Penny, Fran and Gracie"

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Create with marshmallows and toothpicks.

Your Challenge: is to use only toothpicks and marshmallows to create a structure. Provide your plan, materials list and any improvements you made on you plan with your challenge entry.


ASK: Create a structure with marshmallows and toothpicks.

PLAN: Plan what you will make, what materials you will use and how you will make it.

CREATE: follow your plan.

IMPROVE: If you make any improvements, include them in your "plan".

PRESENT: Bring your structure to the library for exhibiting. (You may bring the structure OR you may bring two photos. One should be of you with your creation and the other should be a close-up of your creation.

Completed structures are due in the library no later than December 18th, 2015.

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Still Have Questions? Ask Mrs. Flomer

Thank you for supporting your child in this fun project. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Happy Reading & Creating!

Al-Amal School Librarian



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