Spork by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Spork’s mother is a spoon and his dad is a fork. In the world of the kitchen, there was very little mixing between different types of cutlery. Sure there were some rebels, but most of them stuck to their own kind. But no one else was quite like Spork with his mix of spoon and fork characteristics. To make matters worse, Spork was never chosen to be used at the table. That is until one day, when the messy thing arrived who had no respect for cutlery and didn’t know how to use them correctly. The messy thing needed its own special utensil. Something that could be slurped with, that was flexible and easy to use. It was the job for Spork!
With its clear parallels with children from mixed cultures and races, this book offers a clear message that no matter what there is a place for all of us. Nicely, it also speaks to those children who are a little different in other ways and may not fit in with the crowd in the cutlery drawer either. Maclear writes with a gentle humor that is evident throughout the book. The illustrations are a delight with their subtle color tones. The engaging personalities of the cutlery are clear to the reader, especially the loneliness of Spork with his very rounded head. Her use of digital mixed media works particularly well as cartoon faces intermingle with vintage line drawings. The result is a very charming book.
A book that speaks to the loneliness and uniqueness in all of us, this is a warm way to introduce the subject of individuality being just fine. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
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Reviewed from copy received from Kids Can Press.