MORE Activity Kit

By I. C. Springman Illustrated by Brian Lies


One magpie, lOts Of stuff, and a few friendly mice show young readers that less is more—a lot more. Through spare text and glorious illustrations, this innovative picture book begs the question: when is MORE more than enough? A magpie picks up trinket after bauble after doodad and stores them all in a multitude of over -crowded nests. A team of well-intentioned mice step in to help their friend see that “want” doesn’t equal “need,” and that “enough” is better than “too much.” The subtle message of overconsumption and conservation will resonate with youngsters, who’ll find more and more in this book with every reading.

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Magpie Facts
• Magpies are found across the globe: western North
America, northwestern Africa, Australia, and Eurasia.

• There are at least fifteen different species of magpies. They are most closely

related to crows, but are much more colorful with their black and white plumage and iridescent blue-green wing tips and tails.

• The scientific name for the magpie is Pica Pica.

Magpies are omnivores—they eat a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, insects, eggs, and small animals and reptiles.

• Magpies are notorious for taking shiny objects and
stashing them in their nests.

• In China and Korea, the magpie is a symbol of good luck and good fortune. In the
United Kingdom, one magpie is bad luck, but seeing two magpies is considered good luck.

• Magpies mate for life. Female magpies lay
from five to eight eggs and the eggs hatch after about three weeks. Magpie chicks are able to fly when they’re between three and four weeks old.

• Adult magpies are 16–18 inches in size

and they have a 20–24 inch wingspan.

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Finders Keepers

Can you find these objects hidden in the magpie’s nests? Marble Lock Watches Key Pencil Toothbrush Coin Golf ball Fork Toy car Can opener Tape measure

Plug Block Thimble

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Word Search
The key words and phrases from More that are listed at the bottom of this page are hidden within the letters below. Words can appear backward, frontward, and diagonally. Can you find them all? M B G P J R S I E O S H H P S X U W E R S U A P L I X W E P X A E Q G S X L P F H S C O E E O N Z J X V E H D Y L H R P B M E H L C N S A D E A P V G J Z C Y H J Q W L T M M T I P B L O N Z A X T H Y G N I H T O N O Y A Z E S Y M T R Y N E V F T X W O O L J W M E B S W C A N F Q B T E W J L L M X Q I M R V Y K V H Q T O Y W Z H N D A U O I W V O W K W Q T D P A N R C C Y P Y C P U K A M F M A D H E V E R Y T H I N G H A R Z E A V I U M H E K A H C O E G E W S S X E U W F U S O C R J G Z M N H O X A D P W C S G S B S U P B F X I A C J O C T A F E K E R E Q E E B R H E G U V Z B Z M V W L J F Q B Q I Z T F N Y M B O X A E V D D Z E K T V K E P A O Q T D O V R N E L F G A M T I M H P R U N I B X A A S C I A F E W V O U I Z B G G B T L P Z A F U T K A H S R O N O K H T A Q J U C Q H U V I I F




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Treasuring the Nest
Magpies love to stash found objects in their nests. Draw your own magpie treasure in the nests below. How many objects will you put in each nest?

A few Several

Lots Way too much
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Recycled Art
MAGPIES ARE NATURE’S RECYCLERS! They take bits and pieces of objects left by humans and re-purpose them. You can be a recycler too, and use what you find to create an original piece of art.

• Find a treasure box—an empty shoe box or tissue box works fine. Label

your box and put it in a safe place so it doesn’t accidentally get recycled.

• Look around your house and yard for any small “treasures.” Think like a
magpie! Treasures can be just about anything—foil wrappers, a random puzzle piece, or a broken bit of jewelry. Look in the backs of junk drawers and on the floor of your closet. Add any treasures you find to your treasure box.

• When you’re outside, keep an eye peeled for more items to add to your

collection. Never pick up anything sharp—if you’re unsure, ask an adult for help. Always wash your hands after picking up objects outside.

• Once your collection is substantial, have an adult look through your
treasure box and make sure there’s nothing there that’s important to keep.

• Next, find a form for your artwork. What can you attach your treasure
to? A small wooden picture frame? An old jewelry box? You can cut cardboard into an interesting shape like a star or a heart. Make sure mom or dad approves of your form.

• Attach your treasures to your form with strong craft glue.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a truly unique piece of recycled art. Display it proudly!

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Feed the Birds
REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE! Give an empty milk jug new life, and feed your neighborhood birds at the same time.

• Rinse an empty gallon or quart plastic milk container and let it dry. Recycle

the cap. With an adult’s help, cut large openings on the two sides of the container opposite the handle. (A box cutter works well to start the job; finish with scissors.) Be sure to leave at least 2 inches of jug beneath your openings so your birdseed will stay in the container.

• Stretch a pencil or stick across the openings and secure it to the section in the
middle with twine. This will form a perch for larger birds.

• Tie another length of twine to the middle of a pen or thick stick. Insert the

pen or stick into one of your side openings and thread the end of the twine through the top of the jug. The pen or stick will fit securely across the neck of the jug as you pull the twine up, creating a sturdy hanger for your birdfeeder. Attach the top of the twine to a tree branch and fill the bottom of your jug with birdseed. that dinner is served!

• Tell your fine feathered friends

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Do you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America’s favorite pastime? Grab your bat — the wooden kind—and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete.

Pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don’t forget the moontan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.

Join the free-for -all fun at the public library with these bookloving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time.

Brian Lies

(rhymes with “cheese!”) is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty-five children’s books, including the New York Times bestselling Bats books. Brian was born in Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating from Brown University, he moved to Boston to study painting and drawing at the Boston Museum School, also known as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter and two cats. When he’s not creating books and art, he enjoys bicycling, woodworking, reading, and tending his big vegetable garden.


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