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3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,178 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
One magpie,
lots of stuff,
and a few friendly mice
show us that less is
This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than
enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too
much stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the award-winning Brian Lies, this
book about conservation wraps an important message in a beau
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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May 18, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it
A fun little story of a hoarding magpie who learns the value of Less is More If you look cloesly, you will see some interesting items indeed.
I fell in love with this gorgeous book when it caught my eye as I walked into my local independent bookstore. It is a book of few words, complex illustrations, and a modern message about collecting "much too much" stuff. While adults may best identify with the book's underlying theme of consumption (or overconsumption, as it were), children will relate to the qualities of friendship some concerned mice show when they help their friend magpie extract himself from the weight of his vast collection ...more
Jim Erekson
Feb 01, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
Brian does lie. My favorite thing about this book is how easily and quickly the neo-feng-shui message falls apart. 1. The mouse got the magpie started. Hypocrite. 2. A magpie is supposed to collect trinkets. It's his nature. 3. (And the best of all) The detailed pictures of -stuff- are the kind I want to get lost in--brilliant! It was like looking at what my grandma used to call her 'crazy jar'--that clear quart jar filled to the top with little found items from all over. The deep draw of the pi ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Marika rated it it was amazing
Spare text and intricate illustrations are artfully designed in this stunning picturebook. When a magpie with nothing is given a marble, he begins to collect things. But collecting soon turns to hoarding and a fateful fall that causes him to realize that maybe he only needs a few things. Though a simple concept, Brian Lies' illustrations expand upon Springman's concise text. The magpie, and the mice he interacts with, are expressive and the myriad of objects the magpie collects are astonishing. ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Like many of us, magpies are attracted to shiny things, and they often pick them up and take them to their nest. They love keys, pennies, beads, blocks, marbles, even chess pieces. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be disastrous, and the magpie in this story goes way overboard. When disaster strikes, his mice friends rescue him and help him choose a few favorite items. What a great idea for a book! In a world where the vehicles we drive and the houses we inhabit seem to get bigger and b ...more
Oct 04, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
A magpie collects interesting items and brings them to his nest. A field mouse brings him a pretty marble, and then he has something. He finds a Lego block and a coin, adds them to his nest, and then he has a few. The addition of some keys and beads give his "more". And more, and more, and lots, and plenty. Soon he has too much and the branch bearing the weight of his nest gives way. Now mapgie has less. But enough. Yes, he has just enough.

I love this simple, beautiful book for helping our litt
Nov 01, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Most excellent in story and illustrations.

Recommended for the youngest readers, as a point-and-read story, and for early concept lessons.

You must read/see it for yourself. It's lovely.

A tracked and tagged bird appears on the first spread forlorn and without "things". When a small mouse gifts the bird a small, round marble, the bird begins collecting as the text builds with phrases indicating that the collection is growing. "A few, several, more and more and more". When the bird ends up
This is an accessible way to introduce a number of topics PLUS it works, as it should, as its own story. Gorgeous illustrations that carry the narrative well.

One quibble: the full two-page spreads and the graphic-novel-style smaller panels work so well that I wish the "Enough!/More than enough." spread was worked over two 2-page spreads, or a smaller offset panel next to a wider one. This is the only spread that works like this in the book and it took me a minute to process how to read it.

A bird begins with an empty nest. It seems to lack something so he finds a marble and puts it there. As the bird finds more and more things, he has to build more and more nests to hold everything. A book about what we need and want. When do we have too much or not enough?

Sparse text with an abundance of repetition make this a great read aloud for ELLs. This is a good book to lead students into creating lists of things they own. Then, file them into categories of "Need" and "Want".
The Styling Librarian
What a beautiful, fantastic, perfect book. The illustrations partnered with simple text had myself reading this book four times happily with my son. A crow gathering things and getting too much... such a perfect message. Reminds me of some other books I've read recently with characters who have way too much and learn to just pass things on to others! This book deserves accolades. Acknowledgements. Awards!!
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 10th, 2014

Author: I.C. Springman; Illustrated by Brian Lies

Title: More

Plot: A bird fills up their nest with various items they find until the nest is completely full and the bird is overwhelmed. How will the bird be able to live in its nest when it is overfilled?

Setting: Bird's Nest

Characters: Bird and Mouse; Several unnamed mice

Point-of-View: First-Person

Theme: Hoarding; Clutter; What's much and what's too much?

Style: Concept picture-book. Very few words are featured in the pict
Jul 08, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When do we have enough? I loved this book and enjoyed reading it with my girls. The conversation my oldest daughter and I had after reading the book was very fulfilling. I sat in awe of the words and thoughts coming out of my child's mouth. Immediately after reading this story, my oldest compared the bird in the book, to a person she knows with a whole lot of stuff. She understood the meaning of the story. That too much stuff is never good and can weigh heavy on a person physically and mentally. ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
Fantastic illustrations -- realistic, yet at times it seems the bird is communicating directly to the viewer -- seems to wink, or be smiling . . . yet it is a very realistic bird. (So surreal style?) Imaginative and humorous and fun. Illustrates: more, enough, plenty -- too much -- way too much, then back down to less -- not so much, yet still . . . enough.
May 03, 2013 Romelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Minimal text. 45 words to be exact. Love the concept of less is more. But what drew me was the relationship/friendship of the magpie and the mice. The illustration, done in colored pencil and acrylic paint, is wonderful, detailed and captivating. It will keep the reader's eyes busy.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
It’s human nature to want to accumulate or even hoard things that one may or may not need (also known as how-clutter-takes-shape) — and, worse, to constantly crave and/or ask for more. But, as we all know, sometimes, there can be too much of a good thing.

In More, a magpie starts off with an empty nest — but not for long. It begins innocuously with a shiny marble that he receives as a gift, but the magpie soon picks up more and more of such little treasures (one man’s junk is another bird’s treas
Paul  Hankins
Simple texts that ask "how much is too much?"

Natural ladders to Walden.

I really like the composite illustrations within the book. It's fun to look through the piles to see what the magpies are collecting before the field mice come in to intervene.
Mar 21, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
With minimal text and beautifully-rendered illustrations by Brian Lies (of "Bats at the Library" fame - a personal favorite), this story sends a powerful message about embracing a culture of need versus a life of want.
Apr 18, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great book for hoarders :)
Really cute though, think I might try it for storytime. It only has one or two words per page so it allows the kids to make up the story kind of themselves.
A magpie hoards treasures in his nest until he reaches the breaking point. With the help of his mice friends, he learns to simplify. Told in few words with charming illustrations.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 25, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
"Simplify, simplify, simplify!" --Henry David Thoreau
Apr 09, 2013 Madison rated it liked it
From nothing to having too much. When do we have enough?
Apr 24, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
less is more
Mar 16, 2013 shay rated it really liked it
Shelves: bird
More by I.C. Springman is a good story about being content with what you have. I like this book, This is a good book to teach children good morals and encourage them to learn it.This book shows the lesson very well and it speaks in volumes.This book is about a magpie and a few friendly mice. The book begins with the magpie, completely alone, with the word “Nothing” on the page. The story then progresses, sticking to sparse text, as the magpie gets “Something” from a mouse and then “A few things” ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This great parable of over-consumption stars a magpie turned hoarder. Her friend mouse gives her one simple marble and that simple gesture generates a spirit of greed that is unstoppable. She looks around and it seems everything she sets her eyes on becomes something she must have. She gathers such treasures as a lego block, a coin, some keys and beads and on and on and on. She not only fills her nest to overflowing but other nests as well. The minimal text and concepts of nothing, something, a ...more
Kelli Mcdonald
Sep 13, 2012 Kelli Mcdonald rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. It is simple and educating. The illustrations in this book were some of my favorite I have seen in a long time. I recommend this book for the Caldecott Honor because of its beautifully illustrated and simple yet informative language. This picture book impressed me the most with its detailed pictures and the opportunity for a story within a story. The simplicity of the words helps with this book because the illustrator uses the words in the book as part of the illustrations. As ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
More is a tale about economy, a commentary on the overconsumption of society, and I. C. Springman makes that statement while using an economy of words. There are really only a handful of words in the entire book ("more," "less," and "enough" being the key words), but they effectively communicate the premise: a magpie collects more and more cool stuff until he fills his nests and many more just like it. This consumption leads to his downfall (literally) until he starts to rid himself of his posse ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
A couple of weeks ago, my four-year-old son, completely on his own, picked out MORE from our local library. The book looked good, so I let him check it out. It wasn't until I was reading it to him that evening that I realized that this books was so much MORE than good. MORE is a concept book -- It teaches quantities, from one item to a hoard to just enough. The text is clear, simple and basic. Exactly what is needed. The artwork, however, is anything but basic. And it, too, is exactly what is ne ...more
Caryn Caldwell
Jul 18, 2013 Caryn Caldwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this tale about living an uncluttered life, a magpie is dejected because he has no possessions. A friendly mouse offers him a marble, kicking off a collecting binge in which the magpie steals dozens of items, among them keys, broken sunglasses, coins, and combs. He eventually has so much junk of his own that he has to build nests upon nests to hold them all. By the time the mouse shouts, "Enough!" it is too late. One of the nests collapses, with the magpie in it. The mouse sets him free, and ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
More by I. C. Springman is about a bird who collects many different things, like marbles and car keys. He collects so much stuff that he has no more room in his nest to sleep, eat, or do anything. He wants more, more, more. A mouse friend that lives near him helps him realize less is more, and to be content with what you have. This book is a very simple picture book with only a word or two on each page, but it teaches a huge lesson. This book is intended for pre-K through about 1st grade. This b ...more
May 06, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I read the Spanish version of this book, "Mas!" I loved it...."Nada....Algo....Algunos....Varios!" If you have a little hoarder at home or want to read a simple book with descriptive words and beautiful illustrations...this is perfect for early childhood to primary grades! There are so many lessons and ways to incorporate the use of this book!
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