by Aunt Susan
You Are Special
By Max Lucado
Illustrated by Segio Martinez
I chose to review this children’s book because:
- I love this book
- Great Christmas gift for a child
- The message is beautiful for all ages
Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones--those with smooth wood and fine paint--always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.
In this heartwarming children's tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is--no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It's a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.
The message in this book is relevant for ALL ages and for Christians and non-Christians because it addresses self-esteem and self-respect.
This book shows how true freedom for us comes by not being enslaved to the opinions of others. Max Lucado tells the story to communicate to children (and most DEFINITELY to adults as well) that by taking time to experience and remember God's love for us, we can have a deep joy that isn't contingent upon whether people bestow praise (represented by gold stars) or insults (grey dots) upon us. This simple story illustrates a truth that is essential to our peace, yet so hard for us to keep ahold of.
Confidence plays a huge part in success. Everywhere we turn there is something or someone that can chisel away our confidence. Unkind words and criticism can cause us to doubt our abilities and ourselves. The message in this book is for us to love ourselves. Confidence is a product of love. We all need to be reminded every now and then of our infinite worth, whether we get this reminder from God or from another loving supportive individual or group such as family. Let us celebrate our individual uniqueness and enrich each other.