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Spoon (Utensils)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  2,859 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
Meet Spoon.

He's always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn't cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon? A book for all ages, Spoon serves as a gentle reminder to celebrate what makes us each special.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jun 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
One of the best children's books I've read so far this year!!! Rosenthal is probably much better known for her "Little Pea" story which I found cute but not altogether moving or inspiring. This story, however, is all that and more. It still has the humorous language and puns here and there, and of course it is ever so adorable and fun to see one's silverware come to life. But beyond that, it is a story that I think every child (and every adult, if they are being honest!) can relate to--the conce ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

Spoon! This cute little utensil made me “Awww” all over the place.

We all go through times of jealousy and envy in life. Spoon’s story reminds readers of all ages to celebrate what makes each of us special and unique. Knife can cut and chopstick always has a buddy, but as Mama Spoon points out….

”Your friends will never know the joy of diving headfirst into a bowl of ice cream.”

An adorable tale filled with warm faces, humor, and heartfelt messages. Spoon will cuddle right up to your reading heart.
Lisa Vegan
Jun 18, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has ever felt envious of others
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is a terrific book addressing feelings of envy and of appreciating your own strengths and privileges. It’s about the very endearing character of Spoon. I thought this book was enchanting; it’s creative, it’s funny, it has really cute illustrations, and I could definitely identify with little Spoon.

I’m actually surprised that this book isn’t on a whole slew of banned book lists given the “spooning” that goes on at the end, even if it is with little Spoon and his parents.
Sarah Sammis
Jul 04, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: my daughter
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal predates Spork by Kyo Maclear and there are obvious similarities. Both explore ethnicity, family, and self esteem through the world of the silverware drawer.

Spoon is just that, a spoon. He's a soup spoon that also likes cereal and ice cream. He though has noticed that knives, forks and chopsticks all get to do things he can't. He becomes so focused on their special talents that he begins to doubt his own.

What Spoon doesn't realize, but his mother does, is that the f
Dec 08, 2010 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Spoon isn't happy. Everybody else, from Fork to Knife to Ladle, seems to have more fun than Spoon. What he doesn't know, though, is that Fork, Knife, and Ladle all think Spoon's life is better than theirs.

I used this book to help teach personification to 4th grade. It really worked! After I read it, I let each student choose one common object from a bag of things I'd gathered from around school (pencil, calculator, notepad, paper clip, penny, magnetic letter, round-tip scissors, etc.). I gave th
Aug 08, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
After Spoon finishes bemoaning his fate--he's miserable because his life is just not as edgy as those of Knife and Fork--the rest of the kitchen utensils describe how they wish they could do what spoon does. The book is filled with puns and word play ("Fork...never goes stir-crazy like I do," unpaged). It's hard not to laugh when you're reading a picture book that pays tribute to "what it feels like to clink against the side of a cereal bowl," unpaged), and then later shows, a family of spoons a ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
This was a charming story — its premise reminded me a bit of Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great. Spoon tells the story about spoon who feels that the “other guys” (forks, knives, chopsticks, etc…) have more fun and get to do way more exciting things than him simply because they are not spoons. However, spoon soon learns that he gets to do some pretty terrific stuff that the “other guys” can’t do. A fun twist on the “grass is greener on the other side” saying.

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Sharon Tyler
Jul 09, 2012 Sharon Tyler rated it it was amazing
Spoon, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a charming story about a young spoon that thinks everyone else has life better than him, the knife gets to cut and spread, the fork gets to do so many things, and chopsticks are just so neat. Meanwhile his friends think that spoon has it pretty good too. He gets to be silly, measure things, dive into ice cream, and all sorts of other fun things. After his mother tucks him in, and reminds him of the neat things spoons can ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
“All my friends have it so much better than me.” Who hasn’t sang that song at least once or twice?

This feeling of incompleteness is at the center of our story, where young Spoon is in desperate need of someone to polish his ego. The illustrator provides a glimpse of the exciting times had by the other folks that share the cutlery drawer. We’re shown forks lassoing spaghetti, chopsticks that tango among the sushi rolls with precision, and knives happily spreading jam on bread. All culinary feats
Amanda Gary
Sep 23, 2016 Amanda Gary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Spoon is a creative and inspiring picture book about embracing who you are and finding the good in others as well as in yourself. Each page has great dialogue between the characters, and the illustrations match the character's feeling which really allows readers to grasp the author's purpose. Spoon is a great read aloud for all ages, however grades 1-3 would enjoy reading this book independently. This book can be used in the classroom to help teach students the importance of accepting others. I ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a interesting and creative book about being happy with who you are and celebrating our own uniqueness. A new twist on the concept of "the grass is always greener..." kind of moral. It's a great book to read aloud at bedtime.
ESF Tsing Yi
Spoon is so much fun! Illustrations that children love, plus an insightful and relatable tale about appreciating your own specialness rather than envying others. A creative way of celebrating what makes us all unique - and a great starting point for discussions.
Aug 03, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal's work. This lovely book has all of the fun word play and creativity of her other books. I like some of her other titles better, but this one is still a charmer nonetheless!
Apr 13, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
Just too fun! And with a disguised moral (for kids who think they have a hard lot) tucked right in among the silverware, this is my new favorite picture book.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A neat story that addresses the irony of jealousy and highlights the beauty of being yourself.

My son's favorite part of the book was the inclusion of ice cream :-).
RH Walters
Jan 23, 2016 RH Walters rated it it was amazing
Charming. Addresses all your insecurities if you happen to be a spoon. Might make you hungry.
April Thompson
Oct 26, 2013 April Thompson rated it it was amazing
How cute are spoons spooning?!
Ana Rînceanu
Spoons are musical instruments too. Google it!
Nov 28, 2016 Holly rated it really liked it
This is a great book that celebrates differences. Spoon sometimes wants to cut or poke food, but he can only scoop. "Spoon" teaches that no matter your talent you can help in someway and should be proud of it.
Nov 22, 2016 Hazel rated it it was amazing
This book shows in my perspective that your are who are u and u have to be happy for being yourself and it means u as a character means so many different ways to people , u don't have to act different for people
Olivia Evans
Sep 23, 2016 Olivia Evans rated it it was amazing
Plot Summary: Amy Krouse Rosenthal is known for her many children’s book that are highly credited and entertaining, but Spoon is one of her books that I found particularly inspiring and has a key role in the classroom. The main character of this book is Spoon, who is struggling with recognizing his own uniqueness and value within the ‘kitchen community.’ He gets very down on himself and exclaims to his mom that all the other utensils are far more important than him. Claiming that knife gets to c ...more
Alexa Moore
Jan 03, 2017 Alexa Moore rated it it was amazing
so cute!
Jan 16, 2017 Anna rated it really liked it
Kids will adore this, and it has a great message that everyone is special in their own way. For me though, I prefer Amy Krouse Rosenthal's touching and sweet "I Wish You More" to her silly anthropomorphic utensils series overall.
Ivy Wesner
Plot: Spoon loves his family, but he is very jealous of Fork, Knife, and Chopsticks. He doesn’t believe that his role in life is very important. He tells his mom that he wishes he could be as useful and special as his other friends. But what Spoon doesn’t know is how jealous his friends are of him! Only Spoon can “dive into a bowl of ice cream, clink against the side of a bowl of cereal, twirl around in a cup of tea, and spoon with his family!” After reading Spoon, children will understand the i ...more
Jessica Simmons
Oct 10, 2016 Jessica Simmons rated it it was amazing
I really liked reading this book. It was pretty funny! It is one of those books that sometimes the words on the page can have two different meanings! It is so much fun to read!
Sep 30, 2015 Karla rated it really liked it
Plot Summary and Personal Response: Spoon is about a spoon who loves his family and the line that he comes from which are different types of spoons. He is very proud to be a spoon. However, lately he has been feeling ordinary. He starts to compare himself with knives, forks, and chopsticks. Compares how they are able to go on neat adventures and have an amazing job. Meanwhile, all of the knives, forks and chopsticks are feeling ordinary compared to spoon and saying the great things about what he ...more
Garrett Harner
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Have you ever felt out of place? Have you ever felt useless? Poor Spoon knows the feeling well. This picture book deals with a sad little spoon who is not feeling like himself. Spoon has many friends (fork, knife, chopsticks...) but feels as though they are all better than he is. Spoon is able to see the good characteristics that make each of his friends special, but in doing so, feels pretty boring and crumby about himself. When his mother asks why he is so ups
Brenna Longenecker
Sep 14, 2016 Brenna Longenecker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, uniqueness, humor
Plot Summary:
This book is about a spoon who doesn’t feel special. He talks to his spoon mom that he feels sad and jealous towards the knife, fork, and chopsticks. He thinks that they have special talents and are really lucky that they get to cut things and go into different foods than him. He didn’t know that his friends felt the same about him. They thought he was lucky that he got to measure things and scoop things. At the end, his mom tells him that none of the other utensils get to dive into
Sep 23, 2016 BreElle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: final
Picture Book #13

The illustrations are charming and the story is as well. It encourages kids to be happy about who they are and what they can do and not compare themselves to others. This would be a great book to read in a classroom and talk about differences and similarities.
Book 22 Bibliographic Citation:
Rosenthal, A. K., & Magoon, S. (2009). Spoon. New York: Disney/Hyperion Books.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 5–8, Grades K–3)

Spoon enjoys life but feels that his cohorts, knife, fork, and chopsticks, all have more fun than he. Mother Spoon reminds him that spoons have ever so much fun, diving into ice cream, measuring, and evening cuddling at the end of a long day. Spoon soon realizes that the grass isn’t greener on the other side and dozes off for a night of s
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
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Children's books. (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
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