Children's Corner flashback... You Are Special - Reading List

Children's Corner flashback... You Are Special

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Children's Corner

With school now if full swing for two of my kids, I find myself focusing often on telling them just how much mommy and daddy love them.  I know that school is their first step into the world that can sometimes hit harder than any person can bare.  I want my kids to know that home is a safe place for them.  But then again, I realize that the world is where they will have to complete their journey, and this home isn't really Home.  They need to know their worth in something more than just the world.

So I went digging through the archives of posts, and that bookshelves in my house, and came up with this awesome favorite.  I'll even add in a few activities you can do at the end to help sink in these truths!

You Are Special

You are Special  By Max Lucado

I didn't need to read the parenting books to know that one of my main jobs as a mom is to make sure my children know they are special because that feeling allows for a feeling of belonging. I think it is fair to say that when we feel like we belong, we don't go searching for acceptance in other places - many of those places being the wrong places.

With this in mind, I have enjoyed reading Max Lucado's You Are Special to my little guys. This book is part of Lucado's The Wemmicks - are you familiar?

Well the Wemmicks are wooden people who spend their days putting dots and starts on other Wemmicks - as you can guess, the stars are for impressive and beautiful Wemmicks, while dots are to show disappointments or ugly Wemmicks. (Sound familiar at all?)

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Punchinello is one of the Wemmicks who isn't really great at anything spectacular, and his paint is chipped and he's not very coordinated. Which means he gets lots and lots of dots from other Wemmicks. He starts to feel alone, and sad all the time.

Then one day he finds a Wemmick with no dots or stars... and he wants to know how she keeps the dots and stars from sticking to her. He finds out that she spends time with Eli, the woodcarver.

So Punchinello finds his way to see Eli for the first time - although he is scared at first Eli quickly reassures Punchinello that the dots don't mean anything to him. You see Eli created Punchinello, and therefore, Punchinello is special to him, as his own creation.

You are Special by Max Lucado  A Children's Corner feature flashback.

Eli tells Punchinello that if they spend time together, Eli will continue to remind him who he is, and in time the dots and stars won't stick anymore.

This story is just wonderful as a way to illustrate to kids why they are special to God. He created them, and everything He creates is special. The reminder that the more time we spend listening to God's promises, the less the hurtful words of the world will resonate with us. As these two points are still something I am working on, I hope that this story will allow me to discuss God's love for my kids more clearly while they are young.

Title: You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks) **
Author: Max Lucado
Illustrator: Sergio Martinez
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: June 1997
For ages: preschool (4 and up)

Some activities to add to this book:

  1. The "I Can" jar - great concept from Entirely Elementary that could easily be used at home
  2. Great bookmark with the Truth from Technology Rocks that kids can carry in their bookbags
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Have you read any of the Wemmick stories to your kids? What did you think? How do you open up discussions with your kids about their place in God's kingdom? In your home?

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