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Children's LiteratureThe 25th anniversary edition remains virtually unchanged form the 1981 original. The missing piece is searching for a circle to belong to, ("someone to take it somewhere") and tries to find the perfect fit. It searches in vain until it meets the Big O, which gives it the confidence it needs to "roll all by yourself." This touching and simple lesson in becoming independent is filled with hope. Each line drawing is imbued with life and personality. On their own, children may see this as an adventure story of the missing piece, but with adult help can appreciate it as a life lesson that teaches one to depend on oneself and how to successfully roll through life. 2006 (orig. 1981), HarperCollins, and Ages 6 to adult.