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Spoon (Utensils)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,521 Ratings  ·  328 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.
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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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
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
Sara K.
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!
Tyler Shank
Spoons, Forks, Knives oh my! Spoon is feeling a little down, because he sees all the cool things that his other utensil friends get to do. Knife gets to cut and spread things, fork gets to stab into everything, and chop sticks even get to work together and are so exotic. However, all the other utensils think about how cool and lucky spoon is because he gets to be used for fun/ny things, and gets to be used to measure important ingredients and can be alone. Spoon then soon realizes that he has an ...more
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
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
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
Stephanie Hughes
Mar 04, 2016 Stephanie Hughes rated it it was amazing
Spoon written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a delightful children’s fantasy book! Full of clever word play, wonderful pictures and a story that many can relate to, this book is great for children and adults alike.

Spoon tells the story of a little spoon who is feeling down while thinking about all the things the other utensils can do, but he cannot. His mom reminds him though that there are many things that only he is capable of doing, such as “diving headfirst into a bowl full of ice cream.”

Shawn Thrasher
Mar 14, 2014 Shawn Thrasher rated it liked it
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 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.
Dec 14, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
Lately Spoon has been thinking how his friends can do amazing things., while there's nothing special in what he does. Knife gets to cut. That's awesome. And Fork knows how to tame spaghetti. That's really skillful. And Chopsticks are so exotic!
But Knife, Fork and Chopsticks also think Spoon is very cool. And along the book Spoon will find out all the wonderful things that make him so special. Diving headfirst in a bowl of ice cream! Come on! That's hard to beat!
Very funny story with a beautiful
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 :-).
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.
Feb 01, 2016 Kaitlin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this book. I think it is cute to have different utensils as the different characters. It is relatable in a way because you think about how you use those different utensils but also humorous because you never think about them with thoughts and feelings. I loved the Aunt Silver part, how spoon said he needed to be extra careful at her house because she is very fancy. What I love most about this book is the message of the story. I would definitely use this book in my class to teach ...more
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.
September Michaud
Humorous book about being grateful for what you have and not comparing yourself to others.

Quick synopsis: Spoon is jealous of his friends knife, fork, and chopsticks, and he compares his own life to theirs.
Unknown to him, his friends think he's the one who's life is full of Cheerios.
His mother reminds him of all the great things he gets to do.
He comes around to believing what his mother tells him.

Good read aloud for all ages. Funny and excellent pictures that coincide with the text well. I love
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Spoons are musical instruments too. Google it!
Sarah Eiseman
Dec 04, 2014 Sarah Eiseman rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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I’m always on the lookout for new and funny children’s books. I came across two Amy Krouse Rosenthal books recently, this being the first. I really enjoyed this story. It’s a good introduction for kids about why being different isn’t a bad thing. Perhaps when one is upset they don’t really see the issue from the other side’s perspective. Great illustrations by Scott Magoon really make this story come alive. Excellent picture book for toddlers getting to k
Rosenthal has created a fantastic new series with her "silverware" series. These books are so hysterical and children really love them.

In this one, Spoon is feeling blue as he doesn't fell that he doesn't have as much fun or is as useful as, say, fork or knife. Heck, even chopsticks are considered exotic. Fork gets to spear salad and knife gets to cut.

Spoon does not realize that everyone else is jealous of him because he gets to measure and stir stuff. And how about scooping up ice cream?

An enjo
April Thompson
Oct 26, 2013 April Thompson rated it it was amazing
How cute are spoons spooning?!
Alyssa Crowley
Rosenthal, Amy. Spoon. Hyperion Books, 2009.

Spoon is a lively little utensil who enjoys life with his family, however he doesn’t seem to realize how good he has it. He looks at all the other utensils and thinks about the things that they are able to do but he can’t. While explaining to his mother his “blue” feelings he doesn’t realize that his counterparts are saying the same things about him. His mother reminds him of the importance of the things that he is able to do which excites Spoon. This
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
9 July 2009

While best for younger, not-yet-reading kids, this is a picture book we still appreciate. Mostly because we're TICK fans and enjoying gratuitously yelling "Spoon!"


7 March 2013

Last week I checked out Chopsticks, and we got a kick out of that, so I decided to go for more by the same author. After running our errands and eating some supper we got home, Veronica went to the computer, and Natasha and I settled in on the sofa with a blanket and some books. At 11 she is much to old to che
Aug 04, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing
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
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal is.
She divides her time.


Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
Some things she likes to make include:

Children's books. (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
Grown-up books. (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
Short films. (The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree)
Guided journals. (The Belly Book)
Something out of nothing. (see above)

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