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“You must be good at something,” said Miss Lucinda. “Everyone has a special talent.” On the first day of school, Miss Lucinda asks the students to share their special talents. Francesca is a star soccer player, Matthew can catch huge fish with his grandpa, and Candace is an excellent artist. It seems that everyone has something to share. But Jack is worried. He doesn’t have any talent at all . . . or so he thinks.

A lovely story about Gifts and how our community can help us see those special parts of ourselves. It’s the first day of school and the teacher asks everyone to give their name and special talent. Jack begins to get nervous! He doesn’t have a special talent! Everyone else seems to have easy time lifting up what they do well and the special skill or capacity underlying their actions. When it is finally Jack’s turn he busts out that he doesn’t have a special talent and then proceeds to recite every other student’s name and their special talent. The teacher helps Jack see that he has the gift of remembering! Lovely multicultural illustrations.

Acrylic paintings that pop with energy and charm make this story by veteran author and illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler the perfect boost for any child who questions his or her abilities.

 

Author: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Illustrator: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux

Age Group: 4 to 5 years

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