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Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones--those with smooth wood and fine paint--always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

In this heartwarming children's tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is--no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It's a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.

This tale originally appeared within one of the chapters in the award-winning children's bestseller Tell Me the Secrets.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published on June 30, 1997 by Crossway
ISBN-10: 0891079319
ISBN-13: 9780891079316
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  • kfussy
    kfussyMonday, June 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm55 stars
    This is one of my favorite books to read to little ones. It explains how other people will judge on how you look, what you do, things your say, etc. Their opinions may make you happy or sad but what is important is realizing your own capabilities. Once you stop worrying about what others think about you their opinions don't matter. A great book to teach children self-esteem
    • teacher_1441
      Michelle RohrerSaturday, September 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm
      Our first class book explored the idea of how words can make others feel. Punchinello learns that when he has the puppet maker's support it is easier to believe in himself.