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Jack's Talent by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
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Jack's Talent (2007)

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

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Used in preschool storytime. Kids responded well/identified with each kid in story and their varied talents/interests.
  carebrarian | Oct 7, 2017 |
I enjoyed and liked how this book had great language repetition, character development, and fitting illustrations. The language that this author chose to use was repetitive phrases. The teacher asks each student their name and talent, and each student replied with, “My name is [blank]. I am good at [blank]”. The reader can get a sense of rhythm in the story and this helps build anticipation for when it gets to Jack’s turn. The main character, Jack, struggles to find his talent. In the beginning, you see him already worried because he doesn’t know the meaning of the word talent. As each student shares, he becomes more anxious. When it gets to his turn, he says that he is not good at anything, but proceeds to list everyone’s name and talents and how he cannot do any of those things. At the end of the story, the teacher recognizes that Jack has a special talent of memory. Jack has a moment of self-reflection and realization that he does indeed have a talent. I think that this internal struggle is very relatable to many students who may feel incompetent to their peers, or that they are without unique abilities. I also liked how this book has appropriate illustrations that demonstrate each child’s gift, and displaying Jack’s mood throughout the books. The pages are colorful and fitting to what the text describes. The illustrator also included a group of diverse students from different racial backgrounds and talents. This addition helps students of all backgrounds relate to the characters in the story much better. The main idea of the story is that some talents may not be as obvious as others, but each person is unique to themselves and their own gifts. ( )
  Gkoo1 | Sep 9, 2017 |
Illustrations: watercolor. This book is about a little boy named Jack who thinks he is not good at anything. Francesca is good at soccer, and Matthew is good at fishing. Everybody names something they are good at, but Jack is not good at any of the things that people are naming off. In the end, he is able to list off everybody's names and what they are good at. Miss Lucinda, the teacher, tells Jack that he is good at remembering. Jack does have something he is good at after all! This book is realistic fiction because it is a story that is likely to happen. Students feel like this sometimes when they hear of other student's accomplishments and it is easy to get down, but teachers need to remind them that we are all unique and have our own special talents. Age appropriateness: intermediate. ( )
  allieburks | Mar 3, 2017 |
the teacher asks the children to share what their talent is, but jack is worried because he doesn't think he has a talent
age:5-8
Parkland library
  jocysmom | May 11, 2013 |
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To all my nieces and nephews,
especially Jack.
Love,
Auntie Maryann
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It was the first day of school.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374336814, Hardcover)

"You must be good at something," said Miss Lucinda. "Everyone has a special talent."
On the first day of school, Miss Lucinda asks the students to share their special talents. Francesca is a star soccer player, Matthew can catch huge fish with his grandpa, and Candace is an excellent artist. It seems that everyone has something to share. But Jack is worried. He doesn't have any talent at all . . . or so he thinks.
 
Acrylic paintings that pop with energy and charm make this story by veteran author and illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler the perfect boost for any child who questions his or her abilities.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:04 -0400)

On the first day of school, as the children in Miss Lucinda's class introduce themselves and name their special talent, Jack wonders if he is good at anything.

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