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Jack's Talent    by Maryann Cocca-Leffler order for
Jack's Talent
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
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Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

On the first day of school, all of the children are asked by the teacher to state their name and their talent. Some of the children say that they are good at things like drawing, singing or fishing.

When it is Jack's turn, he dejectedly tells the class that he doesn't have any talents like his classmates do, and then he proceeds to name each of the other students and their particular talent. When he is done, his teacher points out that his talent is having a good memory.

The book is a little sparse, but the message is clear and to the point: you must find and realize your own gift, even if it is different or untraditional. The drawings of the children are bursting with color and should appeal to young children just starting school.

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