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Ernesto Learns to Love His Nose
– February 26, 2013
In this charmingly illustrated book, A. G. Moore traces the emotional journey of Ernesto, a boy who learns to appreciate the family heritage which is a part of who he is. Ernesto enjoys his life; he feels it would be perfect, if only he could change one thing: his nose. He wonders why he was born with a nose that looks like his, so he asks his grandfather how this came to be. "Abuelo," he asks, "why was I born with this nose?" Because Abuelo and Ernesto have a loving relationship, the boy listens closely to his grandfather's words. Abuelo relates a story about how the family was saved long ago because Ernesto's great-grandfather was able to smell a terrible storm coming. Abuelo explains that the very nose Ernesto regrets having was exactly the one that enabled Great-Grandfather to save the family. Ernesto realizes that his nose is a gift from his family and he is proud to have that gift. He imagines the wonderful things he might do one day, just as his great-grandfather did on a stormy afternoon. This book is a gentle tale about self-acceptance; just as all noses are not the same, neither are all people. Being different may be a good thing. In difference talent might be discovered, talent which will enable a child to forge a very distinct and unique future.
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