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Du Bist Einmalig

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Max was interested in helping children understand their value-not from the world's perspective, but from God's. Wemmicksville is a land created by Eli, the "God" figure of the story. He creates each Wemmick in Wemmicksville uniquely, each with its own look and personality. Each story and video is a new adventure with the citizens of Wemmicksville. Punchinello is the centra

Published 2004 by Hänssler (first published January 1st 1997)
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Aug 08, 2010 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of my high school teachers gave this to me when she was leaving to go to another high school. I was the girl who always was quiet so I had a teacher or two tell me that I wasn't going to get very far. But there were a few in the 11th and 12th grade who convinced me that I was more than my shyness. This book reminds me of that time and how far I've gotten since then from only saying 1 word a year to not being afraid of strangers. It always convinces me again that I am special. And on a plus n ...more
Jo-Anne Puggioni
The first time I read this book I cried. I was 26 years old and found this children's book on the shelf at my friend's house. I opened it and read it and found myself within the pages of the book.

You Are Special is the story of wooden people called the Wemmicks. Everyday the Wemmicks would give shiny stars to the Wemmicks that did amazing things and gave black dots to Wemimicks that did things wrong.

One particular Wemmick, Punchinello kept getting dots put on him, as he was a little clumsy. One
Dhanaraj Rajan
A small book with a 'simple' message....

Lessons Learnt:

1. Let not the opinions of others make you a prisoner. You are special.

2. Do not judge the other. Each one is special.

3. Value yourself and the others just for what you and they are.

Dec 04, 2008 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is on the coffee table in my therapy office. In my work with children, I frequently have parents read to their children books that will enhance self-esteem. This is one that does it through a spiritual message, emphasizing that we are special because of how our Maker sees us, rather than because of self-generated esteem or the esteem of others. In fact, it suggests that greater self-esteem comes when we let neither the criticisms nor the compliments of others stick, and instead look to our ...more
May 26, 2007 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: childrens-books
This book still makes me cry, even though I have read it a million times. Whenever I feel alone or distant from God or unworthy to be called his child, this is the book I turn to. I don't know how many copies of this book I have given away as presents, none to children.

Now, I will admit that when I saw little wooden puppets on the cover of this book, I was truly intrigued, since I enjoy reading books that deal with puppets in general (whether the puppets are cute or horrifying). “You Are Special” is a truly unique children’s book written by Max Lucado along with illustrations by Sergio Martinez that many children and adults will enjoy for the heartwarming message about being yourself.

Once upon a time, there was a little village where wooden people called the W
Faith Spinks
Max Lucado's story 'You are Special' is a written as a children's book but it is one of those books which isn't only appealing to children. The message of the story can speak to both adults and children alike and is definitely one of my favourites.

The Wemmicks are small wooden people who every day give each other stickers. The good looking or talented Wemmicks receive gold stars while those whose wood is rough or chipped or who can't do much get grey dots. Punchinello always tried to get gold st
Mahdiye Fateh
ما بی چشم برهمزدنی میخکوب صندلیهامان شدیم تا کتاب تمام شود؛ من و بچهها. همهی بیستویکیمان. و همهی روزهای بعد از آن بارها به کتاب فکر کردهام و...(خب اشکم آمده!)
شاید این کتاب برای سالهای اول دبستان، کمی ثقیل به نظر برسد. اما قول میدهم اگر آن را در زمان مناسبی خودتان برایشان بخوانید و لحن مناسب به آن بدهید و پیشزمینههای آن را به کودک بدهید(خیلی کتابها برای کودکان نیاز به ایجاد پیشزمینه دارند؛ از روزها قبل)، بچهها خوشایندترین حس را از کتاب خواهند داشت.
کتاب، ترجمهی «منا خاطری» نازنین است و سال نشر «م
Dec 30, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You are special tells the story of Eli, the woodcarver, and the society of wooden people he creates called, Wemmicks. Wemmicks spend their days placing stickers on one another as a way of expressing their feelings: those who were appreciated received yellow "stars", those who were not would get gray "dots". There was only one Wemmick who never got any stars. His name was Punchinello. He was sad that no one gave him stars and he thought that, because of his gray dots, he was worthless. Until, one ...more
"You Are Special" continues to be one of my favorite books. The main idea of the story is to show children that they are wonderful, special individuals... regardless of how the world evaluates them; which relates to the idea of everybody being different. The main character, Punchinello, is not as pretty, smart, or talented as the others in his community, yet in the end he discovers that what others think does not matter. In this Religion genre text Eli, the woodcarver, represents the creator of ...more
Masoomeh Tavakoli
Aug 21, 2016 Masoomeh Tavakoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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یا پنج یا چهار امّا بدون شک از خاطر نرفتنی...
Bojan Tunguz
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 t ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Candace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Another book my mom gave me when I was having one of 'those' days. I never felt special growing up, much like Punchinello. I probably would have had lots of gray dots and no gold stars either! While the book was written for children to understand that God loves them no matter what, I was given the book when I was probably about 15 or 16. The message was still loud and clear - but I didn't see Eli as God... to me, he was my parents.

This is another one of those books that I still have on the shel
Pau Hernández
Dec 08, 2015 Pau Hernández rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia hermosa. Lloré la primera vez que la escuché, porque en ese momento necesitaba oír lo que El Artesano le dijo a Punchinello. "Tú eres especial" es una verdad que siempre debe estar presente en nuestra mente.

En cuanto a la narración, considero que se pudo haber profundizado más en la historia, aunque puede que esta sea mi visión de adulta y que para un niño sea suficiente lo que se encuentra en el grupo. Pero también puede que mi visión haya sido afectada porque vi la adaptación
May 21, 2008 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, good message, wonderful illustrations.
May 01, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 26, 2014 Fed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent children's book. I wish adults would read this one too and remember the message - how candid God's love is toward us. On our personal journey, we are often labeled and framed according to our performance which is measured by human standards. God does not see us in labels, frames, or colors, and does not love us according to our performance. He made us, He did not make a mistake, and loves us as we are because we belong to Him. Once these words become revelation in us, everything change ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. It has a special place in my heart. It is very uplifting and sweet. I would read this book to my little siblings and it just was so great! I just have so many happy memories of this book and the overall message it brings. Well written and a creative way to share a wonderful message that we should all know.
Everyday Wemmicks go around sticking stickers on the other Wemmicks. If you are smart, pretty, or talented, they will place a star on your wooden frame. But if you are not star-worthy then they will place a grey dot instead. Punchinello is one such Wemmick, no matter how hard he tries, he just keeps getting more and more gray dots. It takes a chance meeting with a Wemmick that has no stickers whatsoever that finally sets Punchinello in the right direction.

This was a lovely story that perfectly i
Alexa Maring
The perfect book to read to a student who feels as though they are not good enough to fit in or are different from those around them. The moral of this story is that you don't have to be like everyone else. Each person has their own way of being special and the opinions of others do not define you. I am in love with this book. I feel like many children feel unwanted and they desire for someone to tell them they are cared about and are special. In our cruel world, it is too often that people are ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Cathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore this story. First and foremost for the message, but also for the connections I've made with it. From classroom creative writing exercises to language practice with Czech university students, this book is a cherished piece of my history.

most recent re-read: December 2014
Diana Judd
Aug 30, 2012 Diana Judd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book that teaches everyone that reads it, regardless of their age, that it is more important to love yourself than to care what other people think of you. There will always be people judging you and telling you that you aren't good enough. But this book has a beautiful message that you were created to be unique and you are not a mistake. I love this book because it is a god reminder that I am in charge of how I will live my life. Little Punchinello is someone I think we can a ...more
Jun 13, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jacob read for the Family Christian Store summer reading program..krb 6/10/16
Kayleigh Z
Feb 12, 2016 Kayleigh Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you are special is truly touching and makes me realize how specialwe all are.
Mar 03, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best children's book! I love this message.
Apr 30, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mom read this book to me when I was really little and it has stayed with me ever since. From the fantastic illustrations to the heartfelt story, you could not ask for a more beautiful book. It is the perfect graduation, birthday, anytime, any occasion gift.

Punchinello is a person made out of wood, called a wemmick and all wemmicks were carved by a woodworker named Eli. Everyday, all day the wemmicks would carry around a box of star stickers and a box of dot stickers and they would stick them
Karissa Youngblood
This is a book about a town full little wooden creatures called whimix. They had many labels. Every whimix got two boxes, one with stars and one with dots. When someone was disliked they put dots on them but when someone was liked they put stars on them. The was one named Punchinello. He had a lot if dots and not a single star. He had so many he didn't want to go outside anymore because they told him he was a bad wooden person, and he started to believe them. But one day he met a girl with no do ...more
Shane Bunn
Jul 25, 2015 Shane Bunn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The following is a review I wrote in May 2001:
Until my sister told me of this book, I would never have even given it a second look. Max Lucado is not my favorite author by any stretch of the imagination, but this one goes above and beyond any of those deep instructional books he and others have sent out to the world. It's simple, and the story goes right to the heart of the reader. It's definitely a great purchase for yourself or as a gift for others.
The story is about a land where beautiful peo
Kim Vu
Mar 06, 2015 Kim Vu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You are Special, by Mark Lucado, is a story about little wooden puppets called Wemmicks that all lived in a village together. Each day they would put stickers on each other that were either dots or stars. Extraordinary and pretty puppets got stars, while ugly and untalented puppets received dots. One puppet named Punchinello, was covered in dots and he did not believe he was a good puppet, until one day he met a puppet named Lucia who was not covered in stickers at all. She told him to go see th ...more
Bernie Swain
Feb 21, 2015 Bernie Swain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the wemmicks who every day place either gold stars or grey dots on each other based on what they think of each other. Gold stars go to the exceptional “stand out” and those who are damaged (chipped or scratched) get ugly grey dots. The story tells of the wood maker Eli who is representing God, helping Punchinello, a toy with many grey dots understand that he is special and is not defined by the dots on his body. He learns that you cannot classify people as special and not sp ...more
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“Who are they to give stars or dots? They're Wemmicks just like you."
Eli to Punchinello (p. 25)”
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