Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Children's Book Review: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
Written by: Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
Illustrated by: Mark Pett
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2011
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!
* I personally am a perfectionist. I hope to NOT pass this trait down to my own children and thought this book would be great to reinforce the idea that it's okay to make mistakes. In the story, while Beatrice never makes mistakes, her younger brother Carl loved to make mistakes. (Although in most examples given, I think he was acting silly, rather than making a mistake.) When Beatrice finally makes a mistake she ends up realizing that it's okay not to be perfect....and possibly even more fun. This is the lesson that I hope my children got from this story.
Family Rating: 1 thumb up.