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Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children about Perfectionism

Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children about Perfectionism

by Ellen Flanagan Burns

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Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
Perfectionism is a trait that maybe we all have in different ways, at different times, and with different subjects. No one likes to feel like a looser and as one reads about Sally, the main character in the book, that is how she sees herself if she is not perfect. That perfectionism in Sally makes her a big pain to be around. I think young people struggling with perfectionism would identify with some of Sally's problems. Perfectionism is limiting any fun she might have while sapping fun and spontaneity from others. Fortunately, Sally has people in her life who can show and teach her that she is not required to be perfect to be loved and appreciated. The sentence "we love you just the way you are" should be tattooed on every teen and preteen hand so they can see it regularly. Even if Mr. Rogers said it to them daily as a child, teens forget that truism. So do many adults. A preteen reading this book would find it very beneficial. The writing style is engaging and the art is delightful, but preteens are funny beings and they just might be put off because it looks "childish" or more problematic in that it is an admission that they are not perfect. Getting them to read the book could change their life and they should read this book. Having it available in school libraries and doctors' offices would be a good start. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

Sally Sanders exhibits many of the classic symptoms of a perfectionist: she feels embarrassed when she makes minor mistakes, she procrastinates, she has a domineering attitude, and so on. This chapter book follows her from music recital to gym class and school play. Adults around Sally are saccharine and unrealistic, constantly building her up and reassuring her that mistakes are a part of everyday life-to the point of tedium. The story lacks cohesion and reads like a string of examples of perfectionist behavior. The language is dull, the message is heavy-handed, the time line is inconsistent, and the characters are underdeveloped. An introductory note outlines the story and aims to help the perfectionist child. Chapters begin with a full-page illustration, and smaller pictures are interspersed throughout. The bright cartoon watercolors will appeal to younger readers, but as a whole the book's audience is limited.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

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American Psychological Association
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5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
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8 - 10 Years

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