More by I.C. Springman


One magpie,lots of stuff,and a few friendly miceshow us that less ismore.This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more thanenough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding toomuch stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the award-winning Brian Lies, thisbook about conservation wraps an important message in a beautiful package.

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Release DateMar 6th, 2012
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Birds, Science, Mathematics, Fiction, Environment, Nature, Kids, Humor, Juvenile

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  • KC
    A nicely told tale of a magpie and mice and how the two gather a few, some, many, and then enough objects.
  • Jim Erekson
    Brian does lie. My favorite thing about this book is how easily and quickly the neo-feng-shui message falls apart. 1. The mouse got the magpie started. Hypocrite. 2. A magpie is supposed to collect trinkets. It's his nature. 3. (And the best of all) The detailed pictures of -stuff- are the kind I want to get lost in--brilliant! It was like looking at what my grandma used to call her 'crazy jar'--that clear quart jar filled to the top with little ...
  • Barbara
    Like many of us, magpies are attracted to shiny things, and they often pick them up and take them to their nest. They love keys, pennies, beads, blocks, marbles, even chess pieces. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be disastrous, and the magpie in this story goes way overboard. When disaster strikes, his mice friends rescue him and help him choose a few favorite items. What a great idea for a book! In a world where the vehicles we drive ...
  • Cheryl
    Great for discussion. Your perspective determines your appreciation.Is it heavy-handed and too obvious, or is it necessary? Is the first mouse a pusher offering a gateway drug, or is it a magpie's nature to collect? Is it a collection, or a hoard? Do we suspend disbelief and ignore the fact that magpies eat mice?
  • Robert Davis
    A fun little story of a hoarding magpie who learns the value of Less is More If you look cloesly, you will see some interesting items indeed.
  • Christina
    I fell in love with this gorgeous book when it caught my eye as I walked into my local independent bookstore. It is a book of few words, complex illustrations, and a modern message about collecting "much too much" stuff. While adults may best identify with the book's underlying theme of consumption (or overconsumption, as it were), children will relate to the qualities of friendship some concerned mice show when they help their friend magpie extr...
  • Marika
    Spare text and intricate illustrations are artfully designed in this stunning picturebook. When a magpie with nothing is given a marble, he begins to collect things. But collecting soon turns to hoarding and a fateful fall that causes him to realize that maybe he only needs a few things. Though a simple concept, Brian Lies' illustrations expand upon Springman's concise text. The magpie, and the mice he interacts with, are expressive and the myria...
  • June
    A magpie starts collecting and overdoes it. Some mice come to the rescue and convince the magpie that less can be more.Love the illustrations, quite expressive and lots for the reader to pour over.
  • babyhippoface
    A magpie collects interesting items and brings them to his nest. A field mouse brings him a pretty marble, and then he has something. He finds a Lego block and a coin, adds them to his nest, and then he has a few. The addition of some keys and beads give his "more". And more, and more, and lots, and plenty. Soon he has too much and the branch bearing the weight of his nest gives way. Now mapgie has less. But enough. Yes, he has just enough. I lov...
  • Angela
    Most excellent in story and illustrations. Recommended for the youngest readers, as a point-and-read story, and for early concept lessons. You must read/see it for yourself. It's lovely.Summary:A tracked and tagged bird appears on the first spread forlorn and without "things". When a small mouse gifts the bird a small, round marble, the bird begins collecting as the text builds with phrases indicating that the collection is growing. "A few, sever...
  • Melissa
    This is an accessible way to introduce a number of topics PLUS it works, as it should, as its own story. Gorgeous illustrations that carry the narrative well. One quibble: the full two-page spreads and the graphic-novel-style smaller panels work so well that I wish the "Enough!/More than enough." spread was worked over two 2-page spreads, or a smaller offset panel next to a wider one. This is the only spread that works like this in the book and i...
  • The Styling Librarian
    What a beautiful, fantastic, perfect book. The illustrations partnered with simple text had myself reading this book four times happily with my son. A crow gathering things and getting too much... such a perfect message. Reminds me of some other books I've read recently with characters who have way too much and learn to just pass things on to others! This book deserves accolades. Acknowledgements. Awards!!
  • Lindsey
    A bird begins with an empty nest. It seems to lack something so he finds a marble and puts it there. As the bird finds more and more things, he has to build more and more nests to hold everything. A book about what we need and want. When do we have too much or not enough? Sparse text with an abundance of repetition make this a great read aloud for ELLs. This is a good book to lead students into creating lists of things they own. Then, file them i...
  • Robin
    Fantastic illustrations -- realistic, yet at times it seems the bird is communicating directly to the viewer -- seems to wink, or be smiling . . . yet it is a very realistic bird. (So surreal style?) Imaginative and humorous and fun. Illustrates: more, enough, plenty -- too much -- way too much, then back down to less -- not so much, yet still . . . enough.
  • Romelle
    Minimal text. 45 words to be exact. Love the concept of less is more. But what drew me was the relationship/friendship of the magpie and the mice. The illustration, done in colored pencil and acrylic paint, is wonderful, detailed and captivating. It will keep the reader's eyes busy.
  • Paul Hankins
    Simple texts that ask "how much is too much?"Natural ladders to Walden.I really like the composite illustrations within the book. It's fun to look through the piles to see what the magpies are collecting before the field mice come in to intervene.
  • Ana
    With minimal text and beautifully-rendered illustrations by Brian Lies (of "Bats at the Library" fame - a personal favorite), this story sends a powerful message about embracing a culture of need versus a life of want.
  • Lizzie
    Great lesson about keeping it simple conveyed, well .... quite simply. :)The illustrations had depicted a lot of emotion that helped tell the story. Lots of details in theitems to pour over for K-2 crowd.
  • Heather
    Great book for hoarders :)Really cute though, think I might try it for storytime. It only has one or two words per page so it allows the kids to make up the story kind of themselves.
  • Donalyn
    A magpie hoards treasures in his nest until he reaches the breaking point. With the help of his mice friends, he learns to simplify. Told in few words with charming illustrations.
  • Madison
    From nothing to having too much. When do we have enough?
  • Bonnie Lambourn
    Amazing artwork by Brian Lies. As someone with a BFA in illustration myself, I am fascinated at his ability to be so accurate, paint what are detailed still lives of masses of objects, yet also bring dynamic life and movement.Using few words, but Springman has created a unique concept book that might first be seen as teaching abstract language - which it does well enough to use in a classroom. I wish this book had been around when I was teaching....
  • Melissa
    This is a short story about a magpie who collects and collects until his nest cannot hold anymore and his nest, whole world, collapses. The magpie collects his treasures with the help of his mice friends. The story comes to the conclusion that there is such a thing as too much. The illustrations are acrylic and color pencil. They are extremely detailed and 100% essential to get any meaning from the story. I am impressed with how lifelike and real...
  • Julie
    A magpie, whose hoarding of shiny and interesting objects caused the tree branch on which they are stored to collapse, is rescued by a team of mice who teach him "Enough!" and to be thankful for a few special treasures rather than a trove of items that lose their appeal in the mess. Through a gentle, affirming story, this book teaches children about the value of simplicity and clearing the physical and mental clutter from your life. Beautifully i...
  • Katharine Ott
    "More" - written by I C Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies, and published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. "One magpie, lots of stuff, and a few friendly mice show us that less is MORE." Lies' wonderful illustrations make this a great book to pore over as he includes many familiar items among those that our colorful magpie pilfers to take back to his nest(s). The concept...
  • Alison Reads
    I thought this was a beautiful book with incredible illustrations. There are words but they are sparse and mostly quantity related. The basic story is that a mouse gives his friend a gift which set off an acquiring spree. Of course, it is in a magpie's nature to collect but it does get you thinking about when is enough enough and whether things can make you happy. And if you can even appreciate the cool things that are tucked away in all the stuf...
  • Ryan Scharf
    Genre: Nonfiction, specifically a concept book. Awards: None. Audience: Ages 4-7. A: The topic within this work is about hoarding or the concept of "less is more."B: Within "More," the concept is presented by a bird constantly hoarding and taking items that he doesn't necessarily need. The mouse, who tends to only keep what he needs finally puts a stop to the bird's excessive hoarding. What makes this work a children's book is that it uses animal...
  • Renee MA
    More is an almost wordless book that tells a story mostly through the art. With such beautifully detailed pictures, and a Magpie with personality, the lack of words is fitting. You will not speed through this picture book.
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Two topics covered with great illustrations and few words:* The problem of collecting/buying things until we have too many. The concept of just enough.* Quantity words that aren't numbers -- few, several, lots, etc.
  • Rachel
    A cautionary tale for museum professionals, especially those with the authority to expand collections. Collections managers and registrars, share this with your board committees, curators, and anyone else responsible for growing your institution’s collection.