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The Missing Piece Meets the Big O


In Shel Silverstein’s classic sequel to “The Missing Piece,” black-and-white line drawings illustrate the journey of the missing piece, a sad little triangle, who is looking for the someone who fits and makes him complete. It meets ones that are too big, too small, have too many pieces, are shy, travel in herds, and one day, seems to find one that fits just right! Until something happens, and the missing piece finds itself alone again.

This is a story that addresses so many issues — being alone and trying to find a friend, understanding why some fit and some don’t, being needy and lonely, becoming fulfilled on one’s own — yet remains a simple parable and does not become preachy. Though ostensibly a children’s book, this is a sweet encouraging story that many of us would do well to revisit.

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