Remarkably You is a fun frolic through all the things that make you remarkable – and absolutely you. With engaging rhyme accompanied by art that lifts the heart, this book is one you will want to own and read aloud often. Every child – and indeed every person — needs to hear this message over and over: You are remarkable! You can use the things that make you special to make a difference in the world!
Miller, Pat Zietlow, and Patrice Barton. Remarkably You. Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
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Your child is remarkable! This is true. And you’re not the only one who thinks so. There has never been another person like your child and there will never be another – ever! But why? Why is each of us created as a special, unique, unrepeatable individual? The Catholic answer is one of the most beautiful truths in all the world. Each person is created in the image and likeness of God, possessing his own individual set of strengths and gifts for a great reason: to be gift to the world. Your talents are not given to you only to enrich you. Your child’s talents are not given to him only for his own good. They are given for the good of the world. Each person is given gifts to share them with others. As Saint John Paul II put it, we were made for self-gift. As the author of Remarkably You puts it, “The word needs your voice and the gifts that you bring.”
Sharing your gifts and talents, your unique traits and abilities with the world is trying to make it a better place. We call that building the Kingdom of God. In this story it is called fixing “what needs fixing,” sharing “your sunshine wherever you live,” and embracing “who you are and the way you’re designed to change the world.”
That goes for our faults and failings too. Our children need to hear of their uniqueness, their giftedness. But they also need to hear – as do we – that even weaknesses, mistakes, and failures shape our strengths. They are part of the package of who we are and who we are meant to become. Mistakes are the stuff learning is made of and our failures point us to the next opportunity to do something good.
For our children:
You are remarkable! There has never been a person just like you and there never be another person just like you. You are unrepeatable. God gave you many gifts. You can often see these gifts in the things you like to do and the ways you like to spend your time. These are the things that make you, you. Many different kinds of gifts are shown in this book. There are many, many, many more possibilities.
Every person has gifts that make him or her special and unique. We sometimes call these gifts talents. The word talent means something that you do well and learn easily. In the time of Jesus, the word meant a large amount of money. Jesus told a story about talents to show that each person should use their gifts to do good in the world.* We have the gifts we have so that we can make a difference. We can use the things thatmake us special to make the world a better place.
- Why do you think that God made each person completely unique?
- What are some of the things that make you remarkable? (You could go through the book and pick out some of the gifts mentioned there.)
- God gave us our gifts to share with others. Choose one of those gifts you have. Howcan you use it to make the world a better place?
- Think of someone you know. What makes him or her special and unique?
Click on the image for the Share Your Gifts Cards PDF:
Materials needed: Share Your Gifts Cards (printed on card stock or white paper and cut); scissors to cut out the cards
Pick and Name
Participants take turns picking up a card. When it’s your turn, read the card aloud and think of someone you know who has that gift and shares it with the world.
Pick and Tell
Participants take turns picking up a card. When it’s your turn, read the card aloud and explain how someone could share that gift with the world.
- Start with all the cards upside down on the table.
- The first person picks and turns over two cards.
- That person has to tell how those gifts can be used together. For example, likes to draw and like animals: A person who has both of those gifts could make posters for an animal shelter, advertising the dogs they have available for rescue.
- Start with the cards placed face up and spread out on a table or the floor.
- Read the cards out loud, one at a time.
- If you feel the card describes you, take the card. Tell why you think that card tells your gift. (If there are disputes, the card goes to the person who has the least cards. It is good to remember that each person has more than one gift and that more than one person has each gift!)
- Each person draws a picture that shows him using those gifts to make the world a better place.
You must love variety!
You made people in
many different colors,
to live in many different places,
to talk different languages,
and to have different gifts.
You have given me gifts
to make the world a better place.
Thank you for the things I like to do.
Thank you for the things I like to learn about.
Thank you for the things I am good at.
I even thank you for the things I am not so good at – yet.
Help me to use all my remarkable gifts
to do good for You and for all the people You love.
Word Every Catholic Should Know
gifts (or talents) – blessings given to you by God. You are given certain inclinations such as the things you like to do and things that you are good at. These are the gifts God has given you to share with others.
*Matthew 25:14-30 — The Parable of the Bags of Gold. Find this story in a children’s Bible.
This week, choose one of your gifts. Spend some time having fun using your gift. Can you use think of a way to use that gift to do something good for others.