Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Spoon thinks his friends
have it so much better
than he does. He doesn’t
get to cut and spread like
Knife. He doesn’t get to go
practically everywhere like
Fork, and he’s not cool and
exotic like Chopsticks. Then
he finds out that his friends
think Spoon is the lucky
one. He gets to be silly and
bang on a pot, unlike Knife
who is always handled so seriously. Fork wishes he could measure things
like Spoon. Lessons in this book include be happy with what you have, and
accept your own unique gifts.

Discussion questions:

  1. Why does Spoon think his friends have it so much better than him?
  2. When Spoon couldn’t see all the great things about his life, what did
    mom do to help him? Have you ever felt that way about yourself? What
    could you do the next time you feel that way?
  3. Take a minute and think of at least 2 great things about yourself.
    Brainstorm a list of the special things you think of – work as pairs or as a


  1. Make a paper spoon for each child to help them remember great
    things about themselves. Make the spoon large enough that words
    can be written onto the spoon. Decorate them and hang them in the
  2. Create a utensil family, using plastic spoons, forks and knives, along
    with craft times such as googly eyes, pipe cleaners.