Check out Shel Silverstein’s wonderous line drawings and pristine phrases speaking truths that children can grasp.
His two books, The Missing Piece and The Missing Piece Meets the Big O are all time favourites. Each can be read on its own. But there’s merit in going through both together so that one brings out the richness of the next.
Written in 1976, The Missing Piece introduces the reader to a circular character who goes around looking for something –its missing piece- to make it whole
In 1981, The Missing Piece Meets Big O was published, and it introduced the world to a wedge-shaped character who thinks it is the missing piece to something else.
A simple but brilliantly told tale of a quest and search for fulfillment that everyone will be able to relate to.
Suitable for four-year-olds to octogenarians.
Story Gems for Child: I am beautiful just the way I am made.
Available at the NLB.