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Picture Book Saturday: Exclamation Mark

From the bestselling creators of Duck! Rabbit!, an exciting tale of self-discovery! 15815400He stood out here.

He stood out there.

He tried everything to be more like them.

It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU.

Sometimes we squish ourselves to fit in. We shrink. Twist. Bend. Until -- ! -- a friend shows the way to endless possibilities. 
   Believe me when I tell you how amazing this simple picture book is! I LOVE books that have hidden meanings, especially for younger readers. Exclamation Mark is one of those books.  I found this on an Amazon Children's Book List. I thought it looked cute-- I did not read the summary-- and requested a copy from the library. As I sat down to read it with my young son, I knew it was going to be great. Most of the pages have simple illustrations and very few words... but there was something about the story being told that made me smile. Exclamation Mark feels like he doesn't fit it. He's different. He doesn't look like the others, and he desperately wants to. He does everything he can think of the be more like the periods, but nothing sticks. But then he learns an amazing truth about himself--being different can be pretty spectacular. I loved how quickly Exclamation Mark came to realize that he was unique and amazing on his own. I also liked how the periods confirmed this. What a great message! My young son "got it" and made great observations about how being different is wonderful. I highly recommend this one for young and old alike. There is something for every reader on these pages. 


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

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