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You Are Special

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In You Are Special, Max Lucado tells the story of Punchinello, the wooden Wemmick who believes that he isn't good enough because of what others say about him. When will Punchinello realize how truly special he is?

You Are Special is a beautiful story that reminds us that we are precious to God just the way we are. It is through spending daily time with him that we begin to...more
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Published August 31st 2000 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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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...more
May 26, 2007 Alexis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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...more
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
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...more
Great book, good message, wonderful illustrations.
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
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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
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
Diana Judd
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
Danielle Boles
I love this story because my mother gave it to me when I thought I wasn't exactly the most special person in the world compared to my friends who had nicer things than I did when I was young. This is a story about little wooden people called Wemmicks who spend their days giving each other golden stars for when they do something neat or ugly grey dots for when they do something one can frown upon. Punchinello, a Wemmick who only receives ugly dots meets a girl Wemmick who doesn't have any stars o...more
Courtney Gregory
You Are Special by Max Lucado is one of my all-time favorite books! It is part of Lucado’s Wemmicks Series. The main plot of the book takes place in a town of small wooden people. They are all carved and created by one man, Eli. The Wemmicks do the same thing all day every day; walk around and place gold star and brown dot stickers on one another. The wemmicks that have pretty smooth paint, pretty faces, fancy clothing, or extraordinary talents receive gold stars. Some have so many gold stars th...more
Andrea Warner
I love the object lessons in this book. We use them all the time.

If my bright child comes home from school and says, "Mom, John says I'm an idiot." I say, "Well, are you an idiot?" He'll smile & say "no". Then I'll remind him that the 'dots only stick if you let them'.

Also, whenever people ask who my hero is, I tell them Lucia. I know she's fictional, but I want to be just like her and not let the dots nor the stars stick!

Kid's books are so much fun. :)
As I've said before. I love Max Lucado's books, especially this little series.
This is the first Max Lucado book I've read. I picked it up in elementary school and since then, it's been LUCADO ALL THE WAY! And what not.

I like how Max Lucado's picture books have meaning. You don't just get this little book that goes "Pig wakes up. Pig brushes teeth (bad grammar, ugh). Pig dresses up. Pig is happy." or something lame like that. You have this little book full of meaning. Precious lessons to teach an...more
Tracy St.
After reading this book for the first time, You Are Special quickly became one of my favorite books to read aloud to students. Although I work in a Catholic school and able to openly talk about God during the day I realize that many teachers are not in this position. This book though, without ever mentioning the word God, does just this for the students as well. Max Lucado writes about the puppet maker (God) and the many puppets he has made over the years(us). He then goes on during the story to...more
I like this book. I have mixed feelings about the message of it. When I think of what I think the author was trying to say, I feel good about it. But when I start to think of what it could actually mean from a practical standpoint, I'm not sure whether I agree wholeheartedly. Hence, just "I Liked It."
Anthony 'tony'
I try to give this book to every person who starts following Jesus. It is a simple and beautiful story. I used to cry every time I read it (to adults) and now I am reading it to my kids.
So good! I totally cried when reading it. It is obviously very religious but that's okay because I am pretty religious. I don't know it was just so good!
Gracie Byun
In Wemmicksville, where wemmicks, the wooden dolls live, people give stars and dots to each other. People give stars to other people when they think that the person is talented, or looks nice.
People gave dots to Panchinello, to show how ugly and untalented he was. Those dots might look like small things, but other people talked about it, looking down on him. Those words and dots nailed on his heart, making holes.
There was a lady wemmick called Eli. She had no dots or stars on herself. When Pan...more
This is such a cute, fun, feel good book. An easy read with a timeless message paired with beautiful artwork.
I absolutely love this book. My grandpa got it for me when I was little and I still read it from time to time.
Abbey Daley
In th9is book, stickers are given from person to person. If you are pretty or can do fancy tricks you get a star sticker. If you are rough around the edges or clumsy you get a dot sticker. The main character, Punchinello, believes he is not special because he never gets any stars. He lets what others think of him control what he thinks of himself until he meets a girl who doesn't have any stickers. Stickers do not stick to her because she hold her opinion of herself above that of others. Will Pu...more
Jasmine Meyer
I absolutely adore this book. My mom read it to me when I was a kid, and every so often, I find myself picking it up again to read it. And every time it makes me cry. It hits so close to home and it reminds me to look to God instead of myself or even others to find my self-worth. It's written so well and the illustrations really fit the story. I really think every kid needs to read this book, and adults, too. It feels like a parable, with a story being told to reflect real life in order to effec...more
Hannah G.
Such a sweet story that just makes you feel good. This is one of my favorite children's books ever! This book is a reminder that we are each unique and special and that we are loved for who we are and should love others regardless of their differences. I think it's a vague enough topic (kindness towards others/acceptance) that it could be used in a classroom without having to worry about bringing religion into it. I think it would be a great way to teach students compassion and respect towards t...more
I read this book a lot when i was little. My husband has never read it. I have always loved it, but now even more. We lost our first two babies to miscarriage and are now pregnant with our third. I borrowed this book from the library and we read it to this little one one night before bed. My husband immediately wanted to go out and buy it. It is an awesome book with a message that we had always wanted our kids to hear, especially after what we have been through. That they are SPECIAL. each and e...more

I have a tiny, illustrated book which sits in my office close by my desk. It is a book I cam across many years ago. If you asked me to show you my very favorite book - and know, I have many- it would take but a moment to retrieve it. It always is close at hand. I have loved this book so much that I have given it as a gift. I bought a beautiful edition called You Are Mine which was the sequel for my daughter before she was born. This loved edition is out of publication but if ou come across it an...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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