The Important Book

The Important Book


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"Rekindles the sense of wonder we were born with. True poetry about perceiving the world around us."*

Margaret Wise Brown, the New York Times bestselling author of the perennial classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, asks children to think deeply about the importance of everyday objects, from apples to spoons. With lyrical words and vivid illustrations by Caldecott winner Leonard Weisgard, The Important Book shows children just how important everyday objects can be.

What is the most important thing about a spoon? The fact that you can eat with it? What about an apple? Or a shoe? This book helps curious preschoolers notice important details about their everyday surroundings, like daisies are white, rain is wet, and a spoon is used for eating.

For the important thing about The Important Book is that the book resonates long after it's closed. What's most important about many familiar things—like rain and wind, apples and daisies—is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures. "A perfect book. The text establishes a word game which tiny children will accept with glee," said Kirkus.

Chosen as a "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" by the American National Education Association.

(*Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing magazine)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060207205
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/19/1999
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 159,594
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include My World; Christmas in the Barn; The Dead Bird; North, South, East, West; and Good Day, Good Night.

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1910

Date of Death:

November 13, 1952

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Place of Death:

Nice, France


B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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Important Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
amguess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is talking about what the most important thing is about yourself. It goes through and asks what is most important about different things such as a spoon, rain, wind, apples, daisies, grass and then at the end it tells you that the most important thing about you is you. Good book to build confidence.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 match her description, is it no longer the sky, no longer an apple, no longer a shoe? Why or why not?Any book can ultimately be used to start a conversation, but we happen to find that this book is particularly good for it - even after several readings.
RMott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Important Book written by Margaret Wise Brown, and pictures by Leonard Weisgard, is a very simple book, yet wonderfully descriptive. This is a fabulous book to help children learn to decipher the important things about a variety of objects. This book is perfect for reading out loud with little ones, and has lovely old fashion pictures. The important thing about this book, is that you let your children tell you what is important about each thing. As well, the other important thing about this book is the book goes on long after it is closed. This book is great for children 4-8, and can be used in a variety of grade levels from K-6th grade. This book would lead to many great lessons, and is a great idea to use with teachers at the end of lesions to really see what the important thing is about the lessons he/she just taught. The science concept in this book is very accurate throughout with explaining in detail about each thing.
alswartzfager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes many day-to-day objects and states why they are important. At the end of the book, it says the important thing abouy you is you. I found this book interesting and I really liked how it ended. This book is good for a classroom, especially a diverse one. The teacher can start a discussion with the class about why it is important that everyone is different and unique, and that it is a beautiful thing. The illustrations are by Leonard Weisgard.
kba13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author discusses various items and talks about what is important as well as gives specific details about each item. This book will be good for teaching concepts such as: shapes, colors and functions as well as building classroom unity and self-esteem.
tracystewart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet little book that really helps with self confidence and is a great book to share with little ones when studying about themselves and others.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book for showing students how to pick out the "important thing" from what they are reading. The book is easily structured--each page listing many details about a particular thing while beginning and ending with a sentence such as, "The important thing about a spoon is that you eat with it". Also can be used as a great activity toward the beginning of the year to help get to know your class. For instance, students can list details about themselves and then list the important thing about themselves.
EllieGiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing book that can teach kids to think about "the important thing". This is a great book to read at the beginning of the year when the classroom environment is being created.
djd016 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book explains the important things about different objects in a rhythmic way. For example it shows that an apple is important because it is round. The book then goes onto to show that everyone is important in their own way.
Trina08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The important book is a good book to use when you are a first year teacher and you want to start off the year on a good start. The book describes a lot of adjectives and objects and explain there importance. it enlightens the reader experience on how to use thing with care everyday.
jsb021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This simple story shows children that there are many different characteristics of daily things that we do not think about, yet they are important. This is a great lesson for younger children to help emphasize the importance of everything around us.
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ShalaHowell More than 1 year ago
The important thing about this book is that it is lyrical. It is fun to read, and it has lovely pictures, and mistakes the obvious for the important, and you can use it to teach children to write, and describe things for themselves. But the important thing about this book is that it is lyrical. (Review first published on my blog, Caterpickles: Scientific & Linguistic Engagement with a 4 Year Old Mind)
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This book is a wonderful book for classrooms. The stroy is simple but, the repetition of "The important thing about..." really captured my students. I used this book with first graders but, it could easily be used as an introduction to recreation for many age levels. It lends itself well to many subjects and allows for recreation across a wide aray of subject areas. My students loved the book. I used it to teach elaboration and the lesson was fabulous. We even made a digital book modeled after this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I liked it because it was fun to see why the author thought everything was important. I especially liked it because our teacher had us write our own important book.
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Juju55 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and service.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can be used as a wonderful literary writing exercise for any age child. After reading it to the class ask them to write, 'The important thing about (insert child's name here)is that...' and add some details about themselves. You could also write about the town that you live in. It lends itself to almost anything you would like your students to write about. We did this in a Univ. Children's Lit. class. I bought the book to use and also read it to my kids at home. The one who liked it the most was my 16 yr. old. Buy this book, it's important.