Book Review: Beautiful Oops!

Beautiful Oops!
Author/Illustrator: Barney Saltzberg
Interest Level: Ages 4 and Up
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

From the Book Jacket: A spill. A smear. A smudge. A tear. When you think you have made a mistake (and what kid or grown-up hasn't?), think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: We have kids in our school that can be super hard on themselves, especially when they make a mistake. Beautiful Oops gives kids new perspective on those so called mistakes. Can I get three cheers for optimism!? Maybe you didn't get the math problem correct or you flubbed up a situation with a friend....well it can be solved. Not only that, but you can GROW and learn from it. Don't we all need to remember that? Are we telling our kids this? This is such a fantastic little read for children. 

The focus of the book is art - but you can use examples of other mistakes in life.  The pages are laminated so you don't have to worry about wear and tear. This is something I will be reading K-5. I've never put together lessons on perfectionism and making mistakes. Now I can!

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  1. I purchased this book several weeks ago, but never looked at it beyond the art. I love your thinking about using it to explain that it's okay to make mistakes! Thanks for your insight.

  2. Regina's Big Mistake is another book that goes right along with this one! Thanks