Max Lucado's Wemmicks collection. Punchinello is a wooden Wemmick who lives in Wemmicksville. He often has escapades of trying to be like the other silly Wemmicks and is left sad and wondering why he isn't happy. Only when he goes to the woodship of Eli, the Wemmick-maker, is he able to solve his problems and receive joy. Wonderful books centered around being who you were created to be and not trying to fit in with others. They are delightfully illustrated as well. I own these two books and read them frequently to my children. The rest of the books in the collection are on birthday and Christmas wish lists.
You Are Mine and If Only I Had a Green Nose (Max Lucado's Wemmicks)
In "You are Mine," Punchinello learns a lesson that having the most stuff is a never-ending, joyless race. He learns that he is special because Eli created him that way. In "If Only I had a Green Nose," Punchinello and his friends succomb to peer pressure to paint their noses. They discover, though, that the fitting in doesn't bring them happiness. (And the rules of what is "in" change frequently!) Being the way their maker designed them is what makes them happy.
Best of All
In this book a famous Wemmick comes to town and sorts the Wemmicks into groups of "good" or "bad" based on what wood they were carved from. Punchinello that Eli created variety for a reason and he is special because he was carved by the master.