You Are Special by Max Lucado is a book about Punchinello, a wooden Wemmick who was created by Eli the master carver. The Wemmicks spend their days giving each other gold stars for things they view as wonderful like beauty or a talent or grey dots for things like chipped paint or clumsiness . Puncinello is sad as he only has grey dots on him. One day he meets a girl who has no stickers on her and is a very happy Wemmick. Puncinello wants to be like her. She advises him to go and see Eli and when he does he learns a very important lesson.
I love this book so much! It teaches children that they are special because they are children of the creator and that is the only reason they need. It helps children to see that what others may classify them as is not important in the long run. The book also has wonderful illustrations that my children love to look at. This is one of those books that every person should have in their home library.
Our Love Grows by Anna Pignataro is such a wonderful story! This book is about a young panda who asks his mother when he will be big. His mom explains that he is already growing and then goes on to give him examples of things that have grown over time like he is. This of course includes her love for him. The illustrations in this book are simple yet clear and fun to look at. Each page has just a few words to a short sentence on it. This is a great book to read to young children or even to use as a beginner independant reader. My daughter is obsessed with Panda’s so she was over the moon to find this book at our local library. If you have a panda lover at your house you defintiely have to check this book out!
Have you read either of these books?