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Written and Illustrated by Melissa Langer

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Spend quality time with a child while meeting a special pug!

Join a pug named Emmitt as he answers the question...

Why Am I Special?   

Follow Emmitt's journey as he meets dozens of dogs on his quest.

60 full color illustrations of pugs and other breeds pop off every page!

© 2006 Melissa Langer

  • Available in Paperback or Hardcover
  • Ages 2-8
  • 8.5 x 11, 32 Pages, Full Color
  • Featuring 60 of my original paintings.










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  • 2 weeks for delivery for the Paperback
  • 3 weeks for delivery of the Hardcover

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Activity Book 

Learn more about the Companion Workbook for children in Grades 1-3.

Why Am I Special? Activity book

Photo Courtesy of Pat S., IL

Amanda, Matt and Maggie the Pug enjoying their new Story, Activity and Coloring Books. Pat S., Montgomery, IL 

What People are Saying...

Hi Melissa - I finally got a good shot of Daisy with one of my students who was reading Emmitt's book... check out Daisy's blog entry 9/28/07. We had so much fun reading it and have been doing the workbook too.  It's perfect for my students and they LOVE reading a book about another pug!!!  I let him take the ABC book home to show his sister for the weekend because he liked it so much!   Big pug hugs from Switzerland, Lex & Daisy

Hi, Melissa. I just wanted you to know that my first graders absolutely loved your books, WHY AM I SPECIAL? and EMMITT & OLIVE. As a matter of fact, another teacher saw WHY AM I SPECIAL? in my classroom and asked to borrow it to read to a particular third grader who needed a little confidence boost. Then just today, I caught one of my first graders reading EMMITT & OLIVE during silent reading time. She got half way through today and asked for a sticky note to mark her place until tomorrow’s silent reading time when she plans to finish the story. You see, she was sick/absent on the day I’d read it to the class and had been very disappointed when she returned and found that she’d missed out. Luckily, she’s an advanced reader so she can read it independently. The children were mesmerized by the illustrations in both books. You did a wonderful job of capturing the dogs’ emotions in their faces! Thank you. It was a pleasure meeting you and sharing your books. Roselyn M., RI

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Author's Note:  The Creation of Why Am I Special?
Melissa and Emmitt

In years prior, if I created 5 paintings, I was thrilled. My paintings do not come to me everyday. I describe them as energy. I tell people that I can feel a painting coming on. So, when I count how many paintings I created in 2006, and see that the number is 51, I am amazed.

The 51 paintings include 11 pugs and 40 of what I call Pug Pals. For the first time, I wanted to capture other breeds of dogs as well. With all of these wonderful faces starring at me, I realized they were characters in another children's book. So, in April 2006, I started my journey of writing Why Am I Special?

I am extremely proud to share my book with the world.

An important lesson taught to me everyday by my pug, Emmitt shines through.

We do not need to look long and hard, sometimes beating ourselves up on the way, to find our purpose, why we are here, why we are special. The answer is unique to each of us because we are all unique in who we are and what we have to show the world.

Be yourself.  Appreciate who you are because it is a gift to the world that inspires others around you more than you will ever know.