Book review: Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

When you think you have made a mistake think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful

When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful

This is another favourite on my children’s bookshelves. In Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg show us that it’s ok to make mistakes. With just a bit of creativity, accidental spills or tears can be turned into a work of art!

A torn piece of paper…

A torn piece of paper...

A torn piece of paper…

can be turned into a smiley crocodile!

... is just the beginning!

… is just the beginning!

Accidental drips of paint…

A little drip of paint...

A little drip of paint…

turn into purple piglets on wheels!

Let's your imagination run wild!

Lets your imagination run wild!

I found this picture book to be a useful reminder for a perfectionist like C, who used to get upset when there were accidental drips or tears on her artwork. With a curious (and destructive) G around, it was common to find scribbles or little chew-marks on her artwork. Thankfully with this book, I get to remind her that mistakes or “imperfections” can be beautiful too!

G especially likes the sensory approach in the book with lots of opportunities for touch and feel, and the colourful graphics. There is even a crumpled piece of paper hidden in the later pages of the book! 😉 The sturdy board book concept means that I can leave the book safely with the two kids without having to worry much about tears or missing pages.

A beautiful book with a great message behind.

How do you tell your kids that it’s ok to make mistakes?

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8 thoughts on “Book review: Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

  1. Zee

    Such a great concept behind this book.
    I will focus on the effort instead of the mistake and try to evaluate with the kid how and why the mistake was made. I think the key is to reinforce the concept that it is alright to make mistakes and that it is part of the learning process. Being able to live with mistakes is an essential life skill!

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  2. booklovinggrandma

    What a wonderful book! Turning mistakes into something beautiful is an important skill. Thank you for sharing this gem and liking my posts.

    Reply

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