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Jack's Talent

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 0374336814

Ages 5-7

On the first day of school, Miss Lucinda tells her students that she wants to learn everyone’s name and special talent, and it seems that everyone in Jack’s class is good at something: Michael is good at spelling, Francesca is good at soccer, Matthew is good at fishing, and Olivia is good at bug-catching. When it comes round to Jack, he confesses that he has no special talent: “I am not good at spelling like Michael. I am not good at soccer like Francesca. I am not good at fishing like Matthew. I am not good at bug catching like Olivia.” After Jack recounts the special talents of all his classmates, Miss Lucinda points out the obvious: he’s good at remembering. Engaging cartoon-style illustrations show a diverse classroom of talented children, in a story with a patterned text accessible to beginning readers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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