Spork

 
Kyo Maclear
Isabelle Arsenault
 

When you're a little bit spoon and little bit fork, where do you go when the table is set? A funny “multi-cutlery” tale for everyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.

Spork is neither spoon nor fork but, rather, a bit of both. His (spoon) mother and (fork) father think he's perfect just the way he is. Only, Spork stands out. All the other cutlery belongs with those like themselves, and they all have a specific purpose. Spork tries fitting in with the spoons, and then with the forks, but he isn't quite enough like either. Instead, he watches from the drawer at dinnertime as the others get to play with the food and then enjoy a nice warm bath in the sink. But one morning, a “messy thing” arrives. A thing that has obviously never heard of cutlery customs or table manners. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?

In this unconventional celebration of individuality, Kyo Maclear has created a humorous “multi-cutlery” tale for everyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world. The mixed-media artwork by award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault is high-spirited and quirky, providing just the right level of mixed-up-ness to the scenes. Children will appreciate the fun take on the inner lives of cutlery. This picture book is perfect for discussions of individuality and acceptance. But most important, it offers a hopeful and positive message that all of us belong and have a purpose.

978-1-77138-805-4 | Apr 4, 2017
List Price: USD $8.99, CAD $9.99
4-color 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0401-9 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $10.99
978-1-55453-844-7 | Jan 29, 2014
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

Educational Resources

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Awards & Reviews

“While some picture-book tales have difficulty promoting the 'different can be good' message without slipping into deep didactism, Maclear's text feels nearly effortless. The inanimate-object identification also pairs brilliantly with Arsenault's melding of mixed media and digital art.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, August 2010
“It's a story that could wilt under the weight of moral high-mindedness, but the graceful voice of Maclear, making her children's book debut, keeps it light and entertaining.”
— Publishers Weekly, September 2010
“Arsenault's expressive drawings of an un-happy spork are instantly winning.”
— The New York Times, September 2010
“... her message of acceptance will resonate, particularly with parents.”
— Booklist, September 2010
“... the lighthearted storytelling and whimsical mixed-media illustrations will draw readers in, and adults will find the book to be a useful conversation starter for the topics of race, difference, and acceptance.”
— School Library Journal, February 2011
2019 - Three Communities One Story, Libraries of Peel Region, Winner
2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY, Winner
2010 - Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award, Short-listed

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