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Friday 11 March 2011

Review: Spork

For some reason, the word 'spork' has always elicited giggles in our home, from both the children and myself, so when I came across a picture book called Spork, it was obviously meant to find a home with us.

Spork’s mother is a spoon and his father is a fork. He doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the cutlery, even though he tries his best. Not only is he too round to be a fork and too pointy to be a spoon, he is also overlooked every night when the dinner table is set.

Spork feels sad and lonely and different, until someone joins the family who needs Spork just the way he is.
Author Kyo Maclear describes this lovely little story as a ‘multi-cutlery’ tale and it does have a very strong message of celebrating individuality and diversity.

The moral of the story could easily be applied to personality, cultural or physical differences, helping children to understand the value in a community that includes people with a variety of skills and abilities.

Title: Spork
Author: Kyo Maclear
Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $14.95 RRP
Publication date: March 2011
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921759741
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book