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PreS-Gr 2- A gentle story about self-acceptance and finding one's place in the world. A small, round pebble on a rocky shore longs for more to life. As it searches for a way to be "special," the other rocks encourage it to "Stop dreaming....You are what you are." The pebble tries, but the empty feeling persists. One day, a small boy visits the beach with his parents and is filled with wonder by his surroundings. When it's time to leave, he hunts for something to remind him of his day. After considering and rejecting a shard of glass, a feather, and a shell, he picks up the pebble, and as he wraps his fingers around it, they both realize that they have found what they were looking for. Collages on textured backgrounds create soft, colorful illustrations that depict the seashore and interpret the text. Children will recognize the universal themes of longing to be special and searching for a way to belong, making this a good choice for sharing aloud and eliciting discussions.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PACopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.