The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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It's easy to think you have to be famous or beautiful to be special. Television is filled with images of what seem to be special people--famous athletes, beautiful actresses, politicians, artists. But author Max Lucado presents a different view in Best of All (Crossway Books, 2003).

Everyone in Wemmicksville wants to be part of famous Bess Stovall's club. But only Wemmicks made of maple--the best wood--can join. This leaves Punchinello, made of weak willow, out. But Eli the woodcarver teaches Punchinello that "ancest-trees" don't determine who is special.

In a non-preachy style, Lucado teaches that all people are special. While the lesson is written in a subtle way, it's easy for children ages 4 to 8 to understand. And the artwork will keep their interest. Artist Sergio Martinez's perspective makes the readers feel like part of the scene, helping them identify with Punchinello. The fantasy of the artwork matches that of the book, making this a delightful read.

Order from Crossway Books at www.gnpcb.org/home/books/ or (800) 635-7993.


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