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You Are Special

By Max Lucado and illustrated by Sergio Martinez

You Are Special, written by Max Lucado, who is the senor minister of Oak Hills Church of Christ, reinforces Christian principles.

In You Are Special the Wemmicks (Lucado's wooden characters) give out golden star stickers for those especially talented wooden people and gray dots to those who have no outward talents. Punchinello is a Wemmick who is not particularly talented outwardly. Punchinello is taught that it is not the opinions of others that matter but his makers opinion of him that truly matters.

The illustrations done by Sergio Martinez are interesting. They have an almost "unfinished" feel to them. The lines are very simple and in many instances the pictures (and especially the Wemmicks) have sketch lines that haven't been erased. I felt the artist did this to create a feeling of being imperfect - indicating we are not "polished off."

I think the message in this book is profound. However, I also feel children need to learn that their opinion of themselves is important. Max Lucado has several other "Christian" children's books (although I prefer the illustrations and story of You Are Special).

This is a book worth checking out from the library.

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