Beautiful Oops!

Paper over Board | September 23, 2010

byBarney Saltzberg

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A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It's OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn't ruin a drawing-not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don't be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

Barney Saltzberg, the effervescent spirit behind Good Egg, offers a one-of-a-kind interactive book that shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A singular work of imagination, creativity, and paper engineering, Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion "telescope"-each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.

The smudge becomes the face of a bunny, a crumpled ball of paper turns into a lamb's fleecy coat-celebrate the oops in life.

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A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It's OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn't ruin a drawing-not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don't be upset about it when you can ...

Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series, with over 800,000 copies in print. Additionally, he's recorded four albums of songs for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a pond full of fish.

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Format:Paper over BoardDimensions:28 pages, 7.06 × 7.06 × 1.25 inPublished:September 23, 2010Publisher:Workman Publishing CoLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:076115728X

ISBN - 13:9780761157281

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Magical! I use this regularly with students in my primary classes (and would use with higher grades as well). Kids need to know that they can make mistakes and that all will be well. That they can learn to see a situation in many ways. And that we are all flawed, but truly beautiful~
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love this book My 4 year old daughter and I both love this book. When we turned to the last page and her smile showed it clicked for her that what she might see as an "oops" can be turned into something beautiful with a little creativity is a moment I'll always remember.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great kids book! Love reading this with my 4 year old son. It is full of surprises and he asks to read it again right after reading it!
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique book I love that this books demonstrates how mistakes can be used as a creative outlet. Our society does not always allow us to make mistakes but this book shows that mistakes do happen and we CAN turn lemons into lemonade.
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When mishaps happen When I bought this last month it was to show my child anyone can have an oops,no tears have fun with it ,smile ,well it is a very fun way to think..
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Outstanding Book! This book is so unique and incredible---sure to be one that my children will remember well into their adult years. I know this would be a favourite for me if I was a child. My 2 year old daughter asks for it by name every story-time!
Date published: 2011-02-09

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Editorial Reviews

A pleasingly tactile exploration of the possibilities inherent in mistakes. "A torn piece of paper... is just the beginning!" Spills, folded paper, drips of paint, smudges and smears-they "all can make magic appear." An increasingly complex series of scenarios celebrates random accidents, encouraging artistic experimentation rather than discouragement. The folded-over paper can be a penguin's head; a torn piece of newsprint can turn into a smiling dog with a little application of paint; a hot-chocolate stain can become a bog for a frog. Thanks to a telescoping pop-up, a hole is filled with nearly limitless possibilities. The interactive elements work beautifully with the photo-collaged "mistakes," never overwhelming the intent with showiness. Saltzberg's trademark cartoon animals provide a sweetly childlike counterpoint to the artful scribbles and smears of gloppy paint. A festive invitation to creative liberation. - Kirkus Reviews