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Spoon (Utensils)

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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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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....more
Jun 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars 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
Lisa Vegan
Jun 18, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars 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 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Sharon Tyler
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
“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...more
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
Shawn Thrasher
Playfully and wittily written, with fun and clever illustrations. I'm not a huge fan of message-driven books (particularly about self esteem) but this one doesn't stray (very far at least) into afterschool special pedantry(the antics of pedantics make me antsy). The Spoons are definitely modern parents (I don't recall ever being allowed to sleep with my parents regardless of fear or Eureka! moments). There is some subtlety in the interactions between Spoon and his mother (which, I suppose, has t...more
Oct 17, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars 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.
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 :-).
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.
April Thompson
How cute are spoons spooning?!
Combining heart and whimsy, Spoon tells the tale of a young utensil who learns to recognize and appreciate exceptional qualities not just in others, but in himself. Through witty, pun-filled text that will entertain parents and kids alike, Rosenthal introduces readers to Spoon, a usually genial lad who is going a little stir crazy. Envying his friends’ exciting lives, Spoon laments to his mother about lucky Knife, who can cut and spread, useful Fork, who can go practically anywhere, and exotic C...more
I have a new favorite book! This is Fabulous!!!! Especially for me, whose favorite utensil is a spoon (and has been since I was 4). The humor on every single page is priceless. And it will still be hilarious to read at a preschool storytime even if they don't catch on to some of the humor. They will enjoy the illustrations and still like the idea of a spoon as the main character. Love it! I must own.

3/13/10 The storytime group enjoyed this. And I had even more fun reading it aloud than I did rea...more
Robert Beveridge
Amy Krause Rosenthal, Spoon (Hyperion, 2009)

I was planning on reviewing this by drawing comparisons to Rene Crevel (this first chapter of one of Crevel's novels is entitle “Mr. Knife and Miss Fork”; Max Ernst's famous painting of the same name was created as an illustration for it), but let's face it, this is a thirty-two page kids' book, and even I'm not that pretentious. Really, though, when it comes right down to it, there are similarities between the two. Spoon, the title character here, is...more
Vanessa Maeda
Main Characters: Spoon, Mother, knife, fork, and Chopsticks
Setting: kitchen/ kitchen table/kitchen drawer
POV: 3rd person

Spoon is a cute little utensil that is typically happy for most of the time. However, lately, he feels like his life as a spoon is boring. Fork, Knife, and the Chopsticks all have it so much better because they have more exciting lives. Spoon envies their unique and thrilling jobs that are cool and exotic. For example, they can do all sort sof things like fork up a sala...more
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...more
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Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a look at a youngster (in this case a spoon) who feels the "grass is greener on the other side" and that his life is not a bowl of cherries - but if it was, he'd rather be a fork, a pair of chopsticks, or a knife.

Unbeknownest to little Spoon, his friends think being a spoon looks like fun. Spoon's mother is able to convince little Spoon that being himself has advantages and benefits that other untensils will never have. Themes inclu...more
Anna Keegan
I LOVE this book. I think that it is so precious, and I love the wit that Rosenthal incorporated into the story. I found it to be surprising how fun it while still being simple. You are able to understand the words better because of the illustrations that go along with it. For example, when they are describing the aunt, it really makes it more understandable. Also it makes the story more readily available. Spoon is precious, head-strong, worried and self-conscious. He does not realize how good h...more
Alexis Fiore
Spoon is feeling like he isn't as important as his other friends, knife, fork, and chop sticks. His mom teaches him that all utensils have different jobs but each are lucky in their own way. When little spoon realizes that he is important and has his own jobs he begins to see how lucky he really is. I thought the book was very cute and can teach children that we are all special in our own ways.
This is a good book, but I hesitate to say that it's great. It makes more silverware jokes than I think most kids who can digest the book's message would understand. The spoon is jealous of the lives of other types of silverware because he wonders what it must be like to do the things that knives, forks, and chopsticks get to do. We never actually see spoon notice that his friends envy his ability to do things that only spoons can do, which would be a great place for learning how to deal with a...more
Bridget Gambaiani
We picked this one up at our local library this week and now I have it on my list to add to our personal collection. It has a sweet lesson about jealously. It teaches that we are all special in our own way and to appreciate who we are. On top of this it is hilarious. I insisted my husband read it and even he laughed out loud.
Karyn The Pirate
Spoon has been feeling a little down. Even though he has a great family with lots of interesting relatives (his great-grandmother ran away with a dish) he just feels a little left out. His friend Knife gets to cut things. His friend Fork gets to go everywhere. Neither of them ever gets stir crazy like Spoon. But maybe things for Spoon are not so bad. Spoon might just be surprised at what his friends think of his life.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great read aloud. It carries a message insi...more
I am currently into kids books! I know, so I miss a little bit of my childhood but this is a fantastttttiiiiic book! So fun to read, great illustrations and sends out a very important message early on "be content with who you are and be happy with what you have".
Spoon is about a Spoon who is sad because he feels like his friends Knife, Fork, and Chopsticks are better off than he is. However, at the same time that he is thinking of all they can do that he can not, his friends are thinking of how lucky he is. In the end, Spoon finds that although he can’t do what his friends can, there are still many special things he can do and they can not. This text could be used to teach the theme of the importance of uniqueness as it shows that everyone has their own...more
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a very cute picture book about self-esteem and being happy with who you are and your abilities. I did not like the references to spooning much though.
There is one sexual connotation that I can't believe made it in a children's book, but this is a great story about a spoon's low self-esteem.
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