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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

by Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein (2011, Sourcebooks, 14.99/hardback)
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Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way! Beatrice offers a lesson we all could benefit from: learn from your mistakes, let go, laugh, enjoy the ride…and say, "Learned a lesson!" Color. Grades K-3. [9” x 11”...32 pages]


Too Perfect

by Trudy Ludwig (2009, Tricycle Press, 15.99/hardback)
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Maisie thinks Kayla is perfect, but is she happy? She's pretty and think, has cool clothes, gets perfect grades, and shes a star on the soccer field. But is she happy? The more she wonders if theres really any such thing as perfect. Acclaimed child advocate Ludwig explores the relentless and destructive drive for perfection, and the freedom that comes from accepting one's self. Color. Grades K-5. [8” x 10”...32 pages]


Nobody's Perfect
: A Story for Children about Perfectionism

by Ellen Flanagan Burns (2008, Magination Press, 9.95)
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Sally Sanders is good at everything she does, or so it seems. Secretly she is afraid that if she can't do something well, or be the best, she will feel like a failure. She is scared that she is not "good enough." As a perfectionist, hitting the wrong note at a piano recital, or not making the soccer team feels like the end of the world! Gradually, through the help of her teachers and mother, Sally learns to have fun and not worry so much about being the best. She realizes that making mistakes is a part of learning, and that doing her best is good enough. Color. Grades 3-7. [6” x 9”...48 pages]


Leo the Lightning Bug

by Eric Drachman (2005, Kidwick Books, 18.95/hardback)
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Leo's a lovable little lightning bug, but he has a big problem: no light! This leads to teasing by the other bugs and an unhappy Leo. Kids will identify with Leo and grasp the importance of believing in themselves as they follow Leo's adventure to make his own light. Includes an audio CD, complete with sound efects. Color. Grades K-3. [12” x 9”...32 pages]


Ish

by Peter Reynolds (2004, Candlewick Press, 14.00/hardback)
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Drawing is what Ramon does. It's what makes him happy. In one split second, however, all that is changed. A single reckless remark by his older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's once carefree expressions into joyless struggles. Lucky for Ramon, his younger sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something far more valuable than getting things just "right." Color. Grades 1-8. [8” x 7.5”...32 pages]

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