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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Reprint edition (June 30 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891079319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891079316
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 23.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 8 2004
Format: Hardcover
My family found this book heartwarming. While relaying the message that what others think of you doesn't matter if you don't let it the book entertains and endears you to it's main character Punchinello. While the message has religious undertones it does not preach or relay any specific references to faith. My 5 year old son LOVES this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heather on Nov. 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is so impacting, I actually had my parents read it, not just my kids. The truth in this book is that we get our self-worth from God, and it tells it in a unique way. It brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it. Can't wait to get the next book about the Wemmicks!
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By lilypeanut on Nov. 9 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book arrived in time that it said it would. I bought it used, and I did notice a rip or two, but considering how much I absolutely love the book, and will most certainly become a classic in my family, I don't really care!
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Excellent book, and a great message for all ages.
Knowing how much we are loved by our creator and
keeping our focus on Him,( and not on the acceptance or rejection of others) is what will give us
peace and joy as we walk through this world.
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By A Reader and a Writer on Aug. 29 2013
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This book is a blessing; I can read it over and over, and share it with people of all ages, and it touches their hearts.
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By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 15 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully designed and illustrated spiritual book for toddlers and children. It is also very well written, and it is enjoyable to read in its own right. It carries a very simple message – we are all God’s creatures, and he loves us despite (or sometimes even because) of our many flaws and defects. The labels and categories that we put each other in are irrelevant. What really matters is how God views us and what He thinks of us. All we need to do is accept God’s love and spend some time in His presence every day.

This is indeed a very touchy and feel-good allegorical story that bears a superficial resemblance to the core message of most monotheistic religions. However, the message diverges significantly from the true Christian belief. Yes we are God’s creation, and he loves us unconditionally, but our many flaws are real and not a part of God’s design. God doesn’t want to just love us – He wants to save us from those flaws. Pretending that those flaws don’t exist will not help us either in our everyday life or in our relationship with God.

Furthermore, even if you buy into this book’s core message, the story is pretty heavy-handed and in-your-face preachy. It is really not a story at all, but a very straightforward moralizing narrative.

“You Are Special” is undoubtedly written with the best of intentions, which can indeed be said about most of spiritual writing that is out there. However, I would advise Christian parents who are serious about their faith to stay away from it. It is potentially a very confusing book, and could require a lot of explaining and correcting down the road. To those parents I would recommend a simple prayer book for toddlers or even one of the beautifully written and illustrated Bible adaptations for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spring Barnickle on July 8 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is so touching. It was just the message my seven-year-old son needed to hear, growing up in the midst of a world that so often judges by appearance and popular opinion, rather than by a person's heart and faith. I highly recommend it for children and adults alike.
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By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on July 30 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is another story about Punchinello who is a Wemmick, a wooden person in a village of wooden people. They were all made by Eli, the creator who lives in the worskshop on the hill outside of town. Each Wemmick is different and unique. But the Wemmicks went around every day and put stickers on each other; the beautiful people got golden stars and the rough and chipped people got grey dots. Those who got stars felt better and good about themselves and those who got dots felt sad. Some people had a mix, but poor Punchinello only ever got dots. He soon began to believe he was not a good person because he only ever got grey dots. Then he meets Lucia and she has no dots or stars and they do not stick to her. He asks her why she is different and she says it is because she visits Eli, so he goes to see him. Soon he realizes that he matters because he was made by a creator who loves him. Great illustrations and story for young people of all ages.
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