The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes


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Every student, teacher, and perfectionist needs to read this book about learning and growing from your mistakes! The perfect introduction to growth mindset, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is:

  • A growth mindset book for kids
  • A teacher must-have for classrooms
  • An educational book for ages 4-8 (and for everyone learning growth mindset!)

Beatrice Bottomwell 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, the entire town calls her The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes!

One day, the inevitable happens: Beatrice makes a huge mistake in front of everyone!

But in the end, readers (and perfectionists) will realize that life is more fun when you enjoy everything—even the mistakes.

Additional praise for The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes:

"Beatrice offers a lesson we could all benefit from: learn from your mistakes, let go, laugh, and enjoy the ride."—JENNIFER FOSBERRY, New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Not Isabella

"Beatrice's discovery that you can laugh off even a very public mistake shows the importance of resiliency and helps perfectionist kids keep things in perspective. Most importantly, Beatrice reminds the reader that it's more important to enjoy the things that you do than worry about doing them perfectly."—A Mighty Girl

"The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a must-read for any young (or old!) perfectionist. Beatrice Bottomwell is perfectly imperfect!"—Stephanie Oppenheim, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

"It's fun and instructive without feeling overly didactic and the illustrations are darling."—Parenting

"This book will help little perfectionists see that making mistakes is okay, and it can be a lot of fun too!"—Kids Book Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402255441
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 22,396
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

About The Author
Writer and illustrator Mark Pett lives in Mississippi with his wife, two children, and a very old dog named Catfish. Every February, the family draws five random digits from a hat and travels to whatever zip code it makes. He has illustrated several books and is the creator of the syndicated comic strips Mr. Lowe and Lucky Cow. Gary Rubinstein teaches high school math by day and is occasionally a comedian by night. In addition to co-authoring this book, he has written two guidebooks for new teachers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Erica, and his daughter, Sarah.

Read an Excerpt

For Beatrice Bottomwell, Friday began like any other day.

She matched her socks. And, of course, she put her shoes on their proper feet.

She remembered to feed her hamster, Humbert, his favorite food, broccoli. And when she made a sandwich for her brother Carl's lunch, she used exactly the same amount of peanut butter as jelly.

When she stepped outside to greet her fans, she didn't forget to say "good morning" and "thank you."

They asked if she made her bed. She had.
They asked if she forgot to do her math homework. Nope.
"What about tonight's talent show?" they asked. "I'm ready!" said Beatrice with a smile. After all, her juggling act had won three years in a row.

Most people in town didn't even know Beatrice's name.

They just called her "the Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes," because for as long as anyone could remember, she never did.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

I love the latest picture book, THE GIRL WHO NEVER MADE MISTAKES by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein.

This is a great book to remind us that we all make mistakes and when we do, we need to just sit back and laugh. After all, perfect is boring!

The lively wash drawings carry the story along briskly while the cartoon-like inner panels add depth and a side story.

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Gary Rubinstein and Mark Pett is cute and simple book.

This book is cute for boys and girls alike.

The book's message is unmistakable (so to speak), paired with a subtler reminder of how easy it is to have one's confidence shaken.

Suffice to say, this is an excellent tale on how having a fear of failure leads very quickly to a very boring life - Feel the Fear and DO IT ANYWAY as I tell my kiddos. Making mistakes is NOT the end of the world, but a way to learn. Excellent book - I highly recommend it.

In an age when parents berate teachers who dare to give out B's and children receive blue ribbons just for entering an art show, Gary Rubinstein's tale of a 9-year-old perfectionist is a refreshing fable that assures kids it's OK to mess up once in a while — but doesn't beat them over the head with the moral. Mark Pett's gentle cartoon illustrations liven up even more the story of an ordinary-looking girl who clings to her image of being anything but ordinary.

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