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The One, The Only Magnificent Me! Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5

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Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine has delved into the world of children's literature with his first book, The One, the Only Magnificent Me!, creatively illustrated by Joel Schoon Tanis. The story follows one boy's journey to self-acceptance. The book has a rhythmic, lyrical quality that kids and adults will love. --HomeLife Magazine

Magnificent story, magnificent art. Haseltine has woven a story so perfect, so lyrical, and so inspirational -- it is irresistible. Combined with a perfectly timed crescendo of color by Tanis, children and parents across the country will fall in love with this modern classic. Follow the journey of a young boy who discovers what it takes to truly be magnificent. --Christian Advance

When The One, the Only Magnificent Me! opens, a little boy is struggling to keep up with his friends. He tries to come up with ways to make himself one of a kind instead of following the crowd. He adds wings, feathers, a tail, a waterspout and more, but his get-up doesn't stay together and he resigns himself to being just like everyone else. It's only after hearing words of wisdom from his mom that he realizes he's extraordinary just as he is. Dan Haseltine of the band Jars of Clay has a winner in this story from Mackinac Island Press. --Detroit Free Press

When The One, the Only Magnificent Me! opens, a little boy is struggling to keep up with his friends. He tries to come up with ways to make himself one of a kind instead of following the crowd. He adds wings, feathers, a tail, a waterspout and more, but his get-up doesn't stay together and he resigns himself to being just like everyone else. It's only after hearing words of wisdom from his mom that he realizes he's extraordinary just as he is. Dan Haseltine of the band Jars of Clay has a winner in this story from Mackinac Island Press. --Detroit Free Press

Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine has delved into the world of children's literature with his first book, The One, the Only Magnificent Me!, creatively illustrated by Joel Schoon Tanis. The story follows one boy's journey to self-acceptance. The book has a rhythmic, lyrical quality that kids and adults will love. --HomeLife Magazine

About the Author

The One, The Only Magnificent Me! is the debut childrens book by Dan Haseltine, the lead singer and primary lyricist for the fantastically popular band Jars of Clay. Jars of Clay is a multi-platinum and multi-GRAMMY winning band with 17 No.1 radio hits, numerous awards and nominations, 11 movie soundtracks to their credit, and legions of fans around the globe. But most importantly, Dan and the band are making a difference in the world, as they founded the Blood:Water Mission in early 2002. The first effort of this non-profit was the 1000 Wells Project which, to date, has brought clean water and sanitation to more than 250,000 people in urban and rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mackinac Island Press; First Edition edition (August 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934133213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934133217
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Schenley M. Pilgram on October 30, 2007
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This book is truly wonderful. The text has a delightful poetic flow that is at times quite Seussical. The illustrations are gorgeously colorful, delightfully simple yet detailed, and a perfect complement for the story.

A young boy wishes he were an amazingly unique fantastical creature, one everyone would admire and stand in line to see. He sadly accepts that this cannot be. His mother appears, whispering some strengthening truth in his ear - he is already unique and magnificent, just the way he is.

I read and re-read books to a two-year-old every day, and most of them I can't stand. Some I have actually hidden from her to avoid reading. This outstanding book is one I look forward to reading to my own children some day. I just hope that this book gets the exposure needed to make it the true Children's Classic it has the potential to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi J. Orris on January 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher and enjoy reading to my own 2 and 4 year old children very much. I loved this book as much as my little ones did. It isn't the story itself that is so wonderful. It is the combination of the story and the amazing illustrations. For me it is the illistrations that make the book so beautiful. I feel the criticism about the book not being more God centered, considering the author, is unwarented. We were, after all, created in God's image. What better reflextion of God can there be, next to love, then the beauty of creativity. This book is very sweet and I think the details in the illustrations make it even more wonderful.
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Similar story to Mixed Up Cameleon by Eric Carle, but better:

I'm glad the main character is human, not an animal.
I liked that it's set up as a "wish" in that, if a child wishes to be something (a chef, a trumpeter, a carpenter) he/she should more than imagine it, he/she should make it happen -- to see how it fits, see how it feels. Then, use his/her own powers of observation to decide if it's just right. This boy uses every craft supply he could find to become what he thought he wanted to be. Only to see it's a whole heck of a lot of unnecessary work to be something you're not. And those around you love you for simply being YOU!
I personally as the adult love these vivid paintings instead of the Eric Carle look, although my son adores both.
I also appreciate that there's no religious element to the book. I just don't like the idea of tying a kid's self-esteem to any external factor, even God. I say that because apparently the author has some connection to Christian music...
Would make a GREAT gift book for any child (3-7ish)

My only frustrations were:
1)The story seemed to come to a rather abrupt end after such a long, and grand crescendo.
2)I'm holding off on 5 stars to see if it becomes a frequent request, or a one-time read.
3)I was shocked to see that the editors allowed the use of "cuz" in place of "because" in a children's book :-O
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I have a 4 year old at home, and we read a lot of books. Most kids books make you want to gouge out your eyes after just a couple times reading them. Especially books that were obviously just thrown together to cash in on a kids trend (Dora books make me sick to my stomach).

This is a book I've probably read 40 times and I'm still not sick of it. My little girl loves it, and has most of it memorized. The story is a simple message for kids, but written in a way that is intelligent and well written. This should be no surprise as the author is the lead singer of Jars of Clay, who are well known for their great song writing.

The art it bright and big, and make it that much more fun.

As a parent who has read a LOT of the recent kids books, I can tell you this is one of the very best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martine NYC on March 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book gives a wonderful message to anyone! The illustrations are joyful!! Makes a great gift !
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By Cabin Builder on February 18, 2013
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Our kids really like this book. They get into the story and all of the funny things the boy tries to add to himself. The illustrations are colorful and energetic.

I took one star off because of the ending illustration. For some reason every time we read it the kids want to know why he is red again. The story wraps up with a great morale and then the kid shows up all colorful. The kids think he tried to paint himself again. Also the story sometimes follows a very rhyming pattern that flows easily. However, when the kids read it doesn't have the same rhythm or timing.

All in all it is a great book. Kids have it in rotation almost every time.
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