The Joys of Imperfection
Kids can be hard on themselves whether in school, sports, or art, unreasonable expectations can create unnecessary anxiety.
Even the young children can benefit from reminders that perfection is not always the most important goal. Here are some books to help share this message.
LIKE A MACCABEE
Like A Maccabee – This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.
Princesses Are Not Perfect by Kate Lum, illustrated by Sue Hellard
The adorable illustrations of puffy princesses, pink puppies, and ruffles galore will delight any princess fan. Three princesses, one a builder, one a gardener, and one a baker, decide to switch roles in preparation for a summer party, each one taking on the specialty task of another. After all, “Princesses are good at everything!” When disaster ensues, they must help one another get the party into shape. The result ? The realization that even princesses don’t have to be good at everything!
Ish by Peter Reynolds
Ramon is crushed when his older brother makes fun of his drawings. Just as he decided to quit drawing, his sister shows him that she has kept his rejected drawings. Ramon’s sister explains that his drawings are “tree-ish” and “vase-ish.” Ramon realizes that the value in his drawings is not about perfection. Whether is it an older brother or a school yard bully, all kids face the experience of unwelcomed criticism. Ish is a wonderful story about the power of kindness, and the importance of pursuing your dreams, not perfection, in the face of doubt. Simple line drawings with minimal color add to the tone of the story.
The Dot (Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Awards)) by Peter Reynolds is also recommended.
Everybody Makes Mistakes by Christine Kole MacLean and Cynthia Decker
Jackson is not worried about being perfect; in fact, he is in a time-out for making a mistake. But everyone makes mistakes! As readers enjoy the slapstick antics of Jack and his mistakes, they may view their own mishaps with a pinch of humor.
Remember Nobody is PeRfEcT!
Barbara is a freelance writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children’s books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit Barbara’s website at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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