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Beautiful Oops! Hardcover – Illustrated, September 23, 2010
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“Clumsy kids will appreciate Barney Saltzberg’s imaginative book, which shows how mistakes (spills, tears, stains) can turn into something wonderful.” - Parents Magazine
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After, we did an exercise practicing turning my "mistakes" on my pen drawings into something better. Examples: "i'm drawing a sky and ....oops! a stray line", fix by moving the sky line down. Or "oops the right side of my heart is wobbly" fixed by just making a larger heart to surround it. "my apple doesn't look like an apple" turns into a glob of paint being poured out of a bucket, and "oops i drew my house's door too big" turns into a house for a giant and jack is climbing the beanstalk into the clouds to reach it!! The girls loved the exercise and coming up with different ways to "fix" the "mistakes", and we often ended up with ideas way more creative than originally planned. Also practiced with crumpled paper -became an antique scroll or a wavy sea for a ship, and a bent page turned into a blanket folded over, etc.
I only wish the book included mistakes like these rather than just physical mistakes like holes, rips, crinkles, etc. Maybe a 2nd edition can just expand to include these as well!!! And maybe even have a page for parents to recommend an activity like this, because it worked so much better than I'd even hoped. Also, I got the "board book", which had pages that were thin, shiny cardboard instead of super thick, unbendable cardboard like I was worried about, yet still durable. Probably the best way to showcase the book (vs the paperback) so that the kids can bend the pages and interact with the book without worrying about ripping it.
This author has taken one's imagination and turned it into an amazing piece of art. Beautifully done.
Kids have so much anxiety about being perfect. I find myself each year looking for small lessons about why mistakes are good and you don't have to be absolutely perfect. Too many people are afraid to try new things because they fear making a mistake. How many times did Edison fail at creating the lightbulb?? Glad he stuck with it.
Great book, good message, well made product! Highly recommend!
Note: this book is pretty small just an fyi and it is pretty short.
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