You Are Special: A Story for Everyone

You Are Special: A Story for Everyone

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ISBN-13: 9781433522673
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Edition description: Gift
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 28,843
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Max Lucado (MA, Abilene Christian University) serves as the minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and is a best-selling author and speaker. His award-winning books have been translated into more than fifty-four languages and he has been named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. Max lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Denalyn, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.

Sergio Martinezwas born in Mexico City, studied art in Paris, and has worked as an art director and illustrator on three continents. He has done freelance illustrative work for Disney Press and other major publishers, and has illustrated internationally renowned gift editions of several literary classics including Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and A Christmas Carol. His classic style graces the pages of many children's books including Crossway's best-selling children's book, You Are Special, also written by Max Lucado.

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You Are Special 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book called YOU ARE SPECIAL by Max Lucado is my childhood favorite. I loved this book, and still do. It is a heart warming book with a strong moral saying that it does not matter what people say or think about you, it only matters what you think. YOU ARE SPECIAL is a must-read for anyone of any age. It is a book that I will read to my children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are Special by Max Lucado is such a wonderful book that I enjoy reading over and over again. Punchinello is upset because he can't do anything the other Wemmicks can do like jump high or run really fast, he is always messing up and instead of getting a gold star like everyone else he keeps getting gray dots for all his failures. Its a great book that shows young children that you are so much more valuable and precious then you think you are and you shouldn't worry what others think about you. Its a truly inspiring story that plucks are your heart strings and reminds us that our true value comes from the One who made us because He doesn't make mistakes.
Molly_Meandering More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite stories about how much we mean individually to God. I wanted this book to share with my daughter, but didn't want it to be easily destroyed (she's 2). I was so happy when I found this in board book. It's not missing any of the text like sometimes has to be done when converting stories to board book for children. It's sturdy and we can both enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have used this as a counselor with children but also with those who struggle (all of us) with their identity..especially in God's eyes. Healing of the body, mind, soul, and spirit.
A_Mothers_Love More than 1 year ago
This book provides an excellent illustration of how God made us special and we should embrace our differences because He loves us just the way we are. It explains in a simple manner not to succumb to peer pressure or feel inadequate because you do not look or have abilities like someone else. I loved it so much that I bought a book for each of my girls because this is a life lesson they will need to be reminded of throughout their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a baby gift for my 2nd child. When I first started reading it, I wasn't too sure about it, but, by the time I got to the end of the book, I was awe-struck. I have started giving this book to friends when they have babies. It's a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from Brazil, and since the first time i read this book, I would recommend to everybody! Once I told the story to the Bible Study group in my church, and there were people from 15 years old until 75 years old; all of them just loved.:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for kids and adults. We read it to our daughter often to remind her that she is made just the way God intended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I performed this book as a one man play for my oral interpretation class in college. I cried when I first read it as I struggled at the time with my self-worth. God used this book to change my life and perspective about myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the story in this book I was so overwhelmed about the love that God has for me and how he thinks of me. Kids and adults are sure to enjoy the message Max conveys in this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over 5 years ago and apply it to my life every day! I have a step daughter who is at an age where she doesn't feel good about herself. I will read this book to her again and again! It has changed my life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll have to admit the first time I read this book I cried. It is a wonderful tale for children of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is humbling, inspiring and entertaining! It isn't just for children, the lessons benefit the young and the old alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to read this book to my campers when I was a counselor at a Christian summer camp. The message is that our creator, God, loves us for who we are - he made us who we are. Whenever we feel inadequate in this world, all we need to do is remember God's love for us. When we do that all those negative things that people see about us and even those that we have started to believe ourselves will disappear. This story is included in Lucado's book, The Book of Secrets. This excerpt from that book is enhanced by Martinez's wonderful illustrations. Why 5 stars?: This book is wonderfully written and illustrated. The message is one that all children (and adults) need to remember. God is able to see past what others do. He looks not only at our surface, but what is inside. He made us the way we are for a reason and he loves us because we are all so different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in a City College. A teacher came in and read this book to the entire class and I could not stop myself from crying because I could relate so much to the story. It helped me see my way through alot of lifes set backs. I will purchase this book today for my little three year old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful book. Great gift for a child. The first time I read it to my daughter I was actually choked up. It's basis is on being judged by others and the hurt that sometimes goes with it. They are puppets and the main character meets his 'maker' and the reference is to a 'God' telling the puppet what others think doesn't matter, only what the 'maker' thinks. Very sweet book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to help their children become more confident in the Lord.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a dad, I will read this one to my children often. It is a great way to relate to them the power of God's love! I reccomend it to anyone of any age.
AlexPearson on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A very heartwarming and cute tale. This story teaches children a very important lesson about identity, but it teaches it to their level. At the same time, it is very relevant and meaningful to many adult readers.
mjm232 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This is a beautiful story about learning the meaning of finding your worth and value from God instead of other people who look down on you. It's somewhat of a twist on the story of Pinnocchio in that the story is about a village of puppets who were all made by the same woodworker. Punnchinello is a Wemmick who is not valued and considered to be lowly. He believes this about himself until he meets his maker, Eli, who tells him he made him perfectly and his opinion is the only one that matters. I love this story and feel like it teaches a very important lesson to children. In the classroom setting, this book can be read to go along with a lesson about treating each other with kindness and respect because everyone is special in God's eyes. This book can also be used to spark a conversation about what the students like about themselves and each other.
rbelknap on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This is a fantasy book because the characters within it are mostly wooden dolls and they act as humans would. They judge each other and have feelings. Dolls for one are not alive and they do not have human characters such as ideas and the ability to talk.In this story the dolls are alive and they get either gray dots or gold stars based on how they look. This story centers around one specific doll, Punchinello. Punchinello is always getting gray dots and that makes him very sad. All the dolls are made by the same person and a lady in the town Punchinello lives in shows him where the doll maker lives. Punchinello visits him and his creator tells him that he is special and perfect the way he is. Punchinello visits the maker everyday and soon all his gray dots have fallen off of him because he doesn't care what the others think of him.Age Appropriateness: Primary, IntermediateMedia: Paintings
Karizev on LibraryThing 22 days ago
"Remember, you are special because I made you. And I don't make mistakes."Students are going to write down 3 things about what they think is special about themselves, and than discuss that in front of the class.
al04 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
You are Special is a Folktale because it is an unrealistic story that has a great moral. The story emphasizes individuality and loving who you are not based on what others think. The setting brings many senses alove and allows the reader to feel like they are in the wooden people land. The illustration of the stars and dots help the reader to see the dreadful effect on personalities as well as identities.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This story teaches children that they are all special. This would be a great first day of school story. It is about a little wooden boy who is a Wemmich. In the town where all of the Wemmich's live they give each other stickers and dots to determine who is the best. One little wooden boy never gets any stars and is sad. One day he realizes that he is special even though others might not give him stars. He shares his findings with the rest of the town and they all realize that it doesn't matter about stickers and dots but about whats inside.
servantHEART on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Punchinello, the wooden doll labeled by his village community as only gray dot worthy, receives the best news from his creator--woodcarver. It does not matter what others think about you. You have to let others' opinions roll off your back like water on oil. The only opinion that counts is His. Punchinello does not realize this self-worth until he is introduced to Eli (woodcarver) by his new friend, Lucia.Though the characters are not fully developed in the page length allotted, the theme is crystal clear. I greatly enjoyed reading this book. It came at a perfect time. I just received a rude email from a person in the community attacking me because of my job position. It reminded me of the only opinion that counts, the Lord's. The book is great at reminding us that our circumstances and looks often make us vulnerable to criticism, but we can persevere with true friends and a new set of lenses.In the classroom, I would have the students dress their own 2D doll to look like themselves and place a golden star labeled with things they like about themselves followed by labeling a star with a kind word about each peer. This would be great to use during a community service unit...how our words and actions affect others.