Piece by Piece: Taking on the World

I remember dumping the puzzle parts on the floor and immediately feeling overwhelmed. I considered myself a pro at jigsaw puzzles, but then again I was five and had never tackled one with more than 20 pieces. The picture on this particular puzzle box had grabbed me right away: planets, moons, stars, and a blue spaceship stuffed with exotic animals. It was cool, but it had 100 pieces. I felt defeated before I began.

“You've got to build it piece by piece,” my mother chimed in as I was

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