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The Important Book

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,325 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
"The important thing about rain is/ that it is wet./ It falls out of the sky,/ and it sounds like rain,/ and makes things shiny,/ and it does not taste like anything,/ and is the color of air./ But the important thing about rain is that it is wet."

Goodnight Moon creator Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book is a deceptively simple exercise--taking familiar things li

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Published March 1st 1990 by Perfection Learning (first published January 1st 1949)
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Shala Howell
Sep 24, 2009 Shala Howell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The important thing about this book is that it is fabulous. It is true that if I could give this book 6 stars, I would. It is true that if I could give this book to every child who would eventually need to write an essay, I would. And when my daughter is ready to learn how to write, this book will help me explain the difference between the main idea and secondary supporting details and the various places they should go in a well constructed paragraph. For now, though, this book is just a joy to ...more
Sep 21, 2009 Nadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book to use with younger students at the beginning of the year. A follow up activity could be for the class to make their own 'The Important Book' with each child making a page. My instructor read this to us with a group of kids and she made the point of saying during the reading "This is what the author thinks is the most important thing, you might think differently." To me this was perfect because you wouldn't want a child to have a narrow view of what's 'the' most important thing about ...more
Aleksandra Petrovich
This book was written in a formulaic manner. It is not a storybook, because there is no plot. Illustrations on every page are accompanied by a short paragraph that lists facts and details about objects in the pictures. For example, the most important thing about a spoon is that we eat with it. Then follows a description of the spoon that is like a little shovel you hold in your hand and bring to your mouth. It’s not flat, but hollow, and it spoons things up. Finally, the writer repeats “But the ...more
Jan 07, 2009 ABC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-kids
Good grief, is the important thing about a daisy is that it is white? Or the important thing about a grass is that it is green? I think that is a matter of opinion.

I do like the message at the end that what is important about YOU is that YOU are YOU!
Alana Graham
I was excited to read this book because I completely agreed with the idea of a book that illustrates how to determine the most important aspects in contrast to other characteristics. I thought the first page was very simple, and true to everyday observations. Many of the examples, however, I did not agree with. For many of the items It said that the most important thing was the color or some other outward characteristic, and I think this is a shallow message to send to children. It also implies ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Relyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Mrs. Sackman
Shelves: lawsonland
I can not believe I never read this book before. It's absolutely fantastic! What a teaching tool. I plan to use it next year for main idea, descriptive language, and Mother's Day. This year I used it for Mother's Day. One of my friends shared her Mother's Day plan with me, and it was wonderful. Basically, we read The Important Book to our class.... blah, blah, blah..... and end up making a page for our mothers just like the book's pattern. I used a selection of cool glittered scrapbook paper, 3d ...more
This is a wonderful book that I adapted to use for a writing project with my fourth graders. The book highlights the important characteristics of certain items. Students use the same format to highlight who/what is important to them in their lives. The stories are touching.

I have been using this book throughout my career to teach characteristics/properties. Other than relying too much on color, this is an excellent book. Students mimic Wise's style. Some years students describe themselves, o
Jan 26, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After two pages my son was groaning "This book is so boring!" I tend to agree. Not a big fan of how simplistic it is. There's more to things than their color, etc.
Amy Rae
Nov 19, 2014 Amy Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this way back at the beginning of the month, God only knows when--before I broke my ankle is all I'm certain about. It's one among over a dozen I really need to get a review up for, but it's a special one, because I keep thinking about it and worrying I'll forget. So I'm reviewing it now, and maybe later I'll get the right "date I finished this book" down.

This is the eeriest, most satisfying picture book I've read in a long, long time. Each page tells us an "important thing" about some ob
Haley Potts
Sep 18, 2014 Haley Potts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pattern-books
The Important Book is a cute read-aloud to use with Kindergarteners or first graders. It has a very simple structure to it-- on each page there is an object and the first line about the object is always, "The important thing about a ____ is that it is ____." Then it goes on to list more characteristics about the object, and finally ends the page with =, "but the important thing about a ____ is that it is _____." This is good to use as a pattern book because after a few pages the students can cat ...more
Jordan Davidson
May 07, 2015 Jordan Davidson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-355
The Important Book
Margaret Wise Brown
HarperCollins, 1949

Summary: This book introduces several common items – a spoon, an apple, snow, rain, etc – and describes an “important thing” about each item. Each item has a list of traits assigned to it, and then receives a reaffirm of what the “important thing” about each item is. The book ends with a passage on “you,” telling the reader that “the important thing is that you are you.”

Genre: Picture Book

Content Warnings: None.

My Opinion: This is another c
Nov 18, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching
Could use as a jumping-off point for a poetry unit, but most of the things Margaret Wise Brown claims are "important" about objects in the book are pretty subjective. I suppose that would also be something good to discuss in class.. anyway, I recalled not really liking this when it was read to us in a Children's Lit class last year, and now that I've given it a second chance I still am not overly fond of it.
Mar 28, 2015 Roger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I like the idea and the pictures and the repetition, and maybe it's a good way to discuss opinions and that written words aren't always to be accepted as true. Unless we accept that the color of something, for example, is *the* important thing about it.
Callie Rose Tyler
Oct 22, 2012 Callie Rose Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I really did not like this book, it is repetitive, and annoying, and lacking in creativity but the most important thing about this book is that I didn't like it.
Jan 13, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-nonfiction
When I first read this book, I was getting so frustrated, and then I realized that I just needed to think differently. This is a great book for a discussion starter on points of view and the difference between a big idea and supporting ideas. Here's one example from the book:

The important thing about an apple is that it is round.
It is red.
You bite it,
and it is white inside.

I cringed as I read these words. I wanted a red correcting pen. This is wrong! I wondered, 'does anyone agree with this?' Ma
"The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown is important to share with students because it will get them thinking and imagining. i would use this book as a writing prompt. Or even a drawing prompt. Ask students why a spoon is important (in general or to them personally). Have them write or drawing about the reasons. See if their ideas were similar or very different than what is in the book. After students have explored on their own, then share the book with them and see what they think after rea ...more
This is a classic concept book that remains current. For the youngest readers (who are actually reading the pictures and having the words read to them) it is a book that identifies common objects and defines their uses. As readers become more sophisticated they can learn about the concept that some things, and some words, can have mutiple uses and meanings. With my Fourth graders, we use it as a mentor author source, following the pattern to create our own innovation on the idea. Students are, a ...more
Stephanie RDG3320
Jun 15, 2008 Stephanie RDG3320 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book explains just what it is about...the simple things that surround us everyday and their importance! This book would be best to read to Kindergarten or 1st grade students and eventually it could be put into the classroom library for students to read either together or during independent reading. I think this book is so great because it allows for the students to develop a deeper appreciation for why we have the things that we do on this earth and why they are important to al ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Vj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Older book, but I understand why it has become a classic of children's literature. Good for oral language development with young children or ELLs. Other instructional uses, as noted by other reviewers, writing (main idea, secondary supporting details, descriptive language, fact/opinion); classroom writing project (each child doing a page); self-esteem; Mother's Day inspiration; analytical thinking ("establishes a pattern for analyzing the attributes of a whole"--Kingore).
This is a great book! It can be used fro many different lessons. This book can be used as a mentor text for many activities. It can be used as an introductory book at he beginning of the year. students can use the format of this book to write about themselves. This book can also be used as a mentor text for a research topic. Students can use the format if this book to write about a topic and then the teacher can take all of the projects and creat their own class book
Olivia Bailey
This book is good for teach the vocabulary word important. Students learn the meaning by the repetition in the book. The can connect to the word by finding and expressing things that they find important. An activity could include the students writing a story, drawing pictures with captions, and/or making a collage of the things they find important. Defining things that are important to a person builds their characters and allow them to see the values of their lives. I see this as an any age book ...more
This book talks about the important things and why they are important. Some of the items it discusses are spoons, daises, rain, grass, etc. This book can be considered nonfiction because it is composed of facts. I would use this book to teach students how to write an informative text or poetry. This book clearly shows the main idea, details, descriptive vocabulary, and writing patterns.
Okay, this is probably against some rule, but I like this one better than her most famous book (Goodnight Moon - in case you haven't been anywhere near children's books and didn't know. The repetition of phrasing and the message will make it a great affirmative read-aloud. Glad I stumbled on this one.
Jul 17, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We read this book every once in a while, and we think of something new each time.

It's not that we necessarily agree that the only important thing about an apple is its roundness, nor that the only important thing about the sky is its color, it's that we use these statements as a way to jumpstart conversations.

We read, then we ask - do you think that? If yes, then why? If no, then why not, what *is* the most important thing? Why do you think she thinks this is important? When something doesn't ma
Kelly Havens
Jun 12, 2013 Kelly Havens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story incorporates repetition into its text and focuses on the importance of familiar objects or things we use each day, for instance a spoon or your foot, and see them in a different way. Margaret has created a simple, yet effective text that can have various purposes within the classroom. Some teachers have used this book to instruct fact and opinion, main idea and detail, or focusing on the importance in various content subjects. What I like to do is use this book at the beginning of the ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Sep 25, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I love this book! The descriptions of certain objects and things found in nature are lovely, and this could lead to great thinking about what is most important about a child or reading or whatever the teacher's lesson is about.
Wonderful book recommended by a fellow teacher, Bryan Fatzinger. Had great discussions with Johnny about what is important. It was fun to hear him pick his own important aspects of things in the book.
I read this book with my second graders and it became a wonderful project. They made a book as a class that had the most important things in it to them and it was a great way for them to express their creativity. I loved how simple, yet clenching the book was. When you look at it, it looks like it may be very dry but once you start reading the first page you know it is going to be wonderful. I would highly suggest this book as a lesson learning book, help children think about what they think are ...more
Jessi G
Sep 11, 2012 Jessi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Wise Brown's "The Important Book" is a heartwarming book addressing very "important concepts. Leonard Weisgard's illustrations change from color to black and white every other sheet of pages. This supports the concept shift discussed on each page. Various fonts were used to identify with the uniqueness of each idea. In addition, the presentation of the font is creatively portrayed. For example, the spoon page has the writing on a torn sheet of notebook paper, the daisy page has pasted t ...more
Karen Dransfield
It starts out an odd little book but when you get to the end it ends on a whammy! I then reread the story. It's a great book and something that should be shared with all kids.
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.

Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or p
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