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Leo's Gift Hardcover – October 11, 2017
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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About the Author
JOELLYN CICCIARELLI has been developing books and media for children, parents, and teachers for nearly three decades. She spent two wonderful years as editor for Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and is coauthor of The InvestiGator Club, a preschool program that earned the Association of Educational Publishers Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Award. A wife and mother of two, Joellyn lives in Illinois, is an avid reader and collector of children’s books, and loves to inspire others to share their gifts with the world.
CARRIE SCHULER is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Known for layered, textural illustrations composed of ephemera she collects, Carrie’s most recent book, Drop by Drop (Loyola Press), earned a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the International Book Award, and an Excellence in Publishing Award. Carrie practices, polishes, and shares her gifts in Chicago, where she lives with her wonderful daughter and whimsical cat.
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The illustrations for this text are joyful and draw the attention of young children. Although this story has a few loose ends, it's a very sweet one for the holiday season. Leo learns to recognize his own strengths and to share them with others - a valuable lesson for any child.
This is a charming book about discovering your gifts in life. The delightful artwork perfectly illustrated the text on every page, and the expressions on Leo’s and Meredith’s faces when they began to realize what their gifts truly were were a special treat. As Mr. Alonzo explained, “Leo, everyone has a special gift. It’s like a treasure we carry inside, a treasure we need to practice and polish and share.”
The story is also about the memories of music that we all carry deep inside us. I loved how Leo used his special gift to reach some of the residents of a senior home at Christmas time. It’s an ending that will touch your heart and encourage us to all search for our own special gift.