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Children's Literature"It was missing a piece. And it was not happy." So begins this delightful fable of quest and fulfillment with its lovely sparse line illustrations to supplement the text. Singing nonsense rhyme repetitions like "So grease my knees and fleece my bees I'm lookin' for my missin' piece," it travels far and wide searching for its missing piece. Sadly, when it finds its missing piece and can roll very fast it discovers that life at a fast pace does not have time for pleasurable things like talking with friends, entertaining a butterfly, and singing a happy song. In fact, when it was complete it could not sing at all, so it set the piece down gently, slowly rolled away and sang its song, "Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' piece . . .," once again singing to its butterfly friend. There are many choices to be made in a child's life and gentle guidance without tedious preaching is important to their development. This book can be a helpful tool in the process. The message that everyone has some "missing piece" is important for self-esteem, and when the message is packaged in an entertaining, readable book, it is doubly valuable. You may also see the sequel, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O. 2004, Evil Eye Music, Ages 5 to 7.