The Most Important Thing

 
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The Most Important Thing
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Angus Yuen-Killick
Publisher Name
Red Comet Press
Genre(s)
Age Range
4+
Release Date
March 15, 2022
ISBN13
978-1636550220
ISBN10 or ASIN
      
An important message of unity delivered in the form of an engaging timeless fable. Told with charming humor and large fold-out pages, The Most Important Thing introduces the concept of accepting differences to the youngest of readers.

The animals of the forest have assembled to discuss what is the most important thing: is it to have a trunk like an elephant, quills like a porcupine, or a long neck like a giraffe? Naturally, every animal is convinced that its particular trait is the most important one and that everyone should have it. But when the large gatefold pages open they show all the animals with the quills of a porcupine, the long neck of a giraffe, or the trunk of the elephant, and everyone sees that it cannot possibly be right. At last, the wise owl speaks up and helps them understand that the true value lies precisely in their collective 'diversity’. It is that which makes them all unique and essential to harmonious life in the forest.
The Most Important Thing received a UNESCO honorable mention for peace and collaboration.

This book is printed on heavy paper stock with rounded corners for durability.   

Editor reviews

2 reviews
Cute and Silly Story
Overall rating
 
4.8
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
A group of animals put their heads together and try to determine which physical attribute is the best to protect themselves. The bunny thinks it's his long ears. The bird believes it's his wings. While each animal announces its strength, the others picture themselves with that same trait. In the end, the owl teaches a valuable lesson that no one attribute is better than the other. Instead, each animal possesses different traits and that's what makes each and every one special and unique.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is a silly story that had my daughter laughing and wanting to reread it over and over. The illustrations are bold and humorous with animals possessing different parts of other animals. I love the message that the most important thing to be is you and how everyone is unique in their own way. Of course, it's perfect the owl is the one to say this because he's the wisest one of the bunch. The format is engaging with the flaps that fold out on each page to reveal a surprise from the animals, enough to stimulate a child's imagination.


Final Verdict: Overall, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is a very entertaining book. I would recommend this for parents looking to share a laugh with their child. It's also perfect for fans of animals and learning about their defense mechanisms against predators.
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picture book about what makes us unique
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
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Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
3.0
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is a story about what makes us special. The animals have all gathered together, and they are considering what is the most important feature. First, the rabbit says that the most important thing is to have long ears. All the animals imagine that they have large ears too. Next, the hedgehog says that it is most important to have quills, and the animals imagine that they have quills too. The discussion continues until owl suggests that maybe all of these are important - but on different animals that make them all unique and important.

What I loved: This is a story about the problem with comparing and the utility of appreciating all the things that make us different. Children will giggle as the animals are shown under flaps with what was suggested to be most important thing, such as with long necks or webbed feet. The repetitive nature of the story will work best for young readers, such as toddlers and preschoolers. The flap idea was pretty cool with reveals of the animals underneath. The font itself is large, clear, and easy to read throughout the book.

What left me wanting more: The images are really simple, which may work as pages turn quickly. While the pages are a bit thicker than typical, they are still fairly soft, and some of the flaps ripped the first time we read through it, perhaps because of the large size and tough little hands. The journey and conclusion was stated outright to give the theme and a more subtle approach may have worked better.

Final verdict: Overall, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is a silly picture book about appreciating the things that make us different.
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