Now I am a mommy and Bradie requests I read it to her occasionally. Maybe we should read it everyday, because I still cry, and it might lessen the blow.
For those of you who have read this book it's the line:
"She has decided that what I think is more important than what they think.
The stickers only stick if you let them."
The simple tenderness that Eli, the woodcarver/creator, speaks to Punchinello, one of his little wooden people, hits my heart as truth every time. I am Punchinello and I get so turned around in our world that I forget of God's love and passionate sacrifice for me.
Less tender but equally thought-provoking, is an image a few pages earlier. It shows a group of wooden people busily giving one another stickers- star stickers and gray dot stickers- as seals of approval or disapproval.
Down in the corner, the illustration darkens a bit and you see a wooden man in a dark suit. He carries a box of gray dots only and bears no stickers himself. Curious isn't he? The lion that waits to devour also carries a box of simple discouragement. I can't tell you how real and helpful the imagery is in this little kids book. Find a Christian book store and buy it for Christmas, or at least read it.