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Nobody's Perfect: A Story For Children About Perfectionism [Paperback]

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Book Description

Sept. 2 2008 1433803801 978-1433803802
Sally Sanders is good at everything she does, or so it seems. Secretly she is afraid that if she can't do something well, or be the best, she will feel like a failure. She is scared that she is not "good enough." As a perfectionist, hitting the wrong note at a piano recital, or not making the soccer team feels like the end of the world! Gradually, through the help of her teachers and mother, Sally learns to have fun and not worry so much about being the best. She realizes that making mistakes is a part of learning, and that doing her best is good enough.

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About the Author

In addition to being a school psychologist, Ellen Flanagan Burns is a licensed massage therapist. She is a strong supporter of cognitive-based interventions and believes that bibliotherapy with children is extremely powerful. She has a particular interest in helping children with anxiety-related issues because she has worked with many children suffering from them and has dealt with perfectionism personally and professionally. She lives in Newark, Delaware with her family. Erica Pelton Villnave's involvement in children's literature began at The Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied illustration.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the perfectionist daughter Nov. 2 2011
By Nick
I have a seven-year-old who is often frustrated when her craft projects, schoolwork etc. don't always turn out as perfect as she planned and who also will refuse to participate in activites unless she is sure her execution will be perfect. We read this book together a chapter a night and talked about the decisions made after each chapter.

I liked that this book spanned a number of examples that included music lessons, schoolwork, sports and trying new things - I think the breadth of examples made it easy for my young listener to grasp that the idea that "nobody's perfect" applies to lots of areas in life and that its more important to try your best and have fun. I hope she will reread this book on her own as she gets older.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book really helped my child with her expectations of herself and others. Today, it seems we are not allowed to be flawed and make mistakes. Perfection is the ultimate goal. I disagree with that and feel children are under too much pressure to get perfect marks and behave like adults. This book helps build understanding of character. It changes the focus from trying to be perfect and do everything right to understanding and appreciating yourself and others as they are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Terry
I bought this book for the granddaughters, my 11 yr old read it in little time and the story absorbed her. she loved it, since she also studies classical piano and does yearly concerts, Even though parents and grandparents will say the same things, it is always better for a child to read it as a story. An appreciation to the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for children between 7-13 Jan. 27 2014
By Meghan
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I recently bought this book for my five year old daughter who is a perfectionist. I was hoping that it was more of a story book for a younger child, however it is broken down into chapters and does not really conclude each chapter's problem. I think that an older child might understand the points that the author is making, however I really had to ask my daughter a lot of questions to get her to understand the messages behind the stories, she related to a few, but otherwise I found the book didn't grab her attention like I was hoping. I am going to continue researching children's books that deal with being a profectionist and hopefully find one more age appropriate.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Directly addresses a very common psychological problem among both kids and adults - the compulsion to be perfect Nov. 16 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Though written for young people ages 8-12 (grades 3-6), Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism is more than a storybook; it directly addresses a very common psychological problem among both kids and adults - the compulsion to be perfect. Young Sally Sanders feels like a failure if she can't be the best; as a result she procrastinates, avoids new experiences, and relentlessly compares herself to other. Her teachers and mother try to help her overcome her inferiority complex, and she gradually learns the fun of relaxing and trying out new things without worrying so much about being the best. "Sally was surprised to hear her mom say that it was important to work hard and have fun... 'But I might not be any good at soccer,' Sally added. It was the real reason she didn't sign up. She felt embarrassed to admit that she might not be good at something... 'That's okay,' Mrs. Sanders assured her. 'Imagine all the fun you'll miss if you let that stop you.'" The thoughtful handling of an important real-life issue makes Nobody's Perfect highly recommended, and an absolute must-have for children's grade school and public library collections. Nobody's Perfect is also available in a paperback edition.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 6 year old likes this one! March 8 2011
By S. Newark - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm trying to subtly get my kindergartener to loosen up and enjoy life as she can be a bit uptight. She is a perfectionist, and also shy. {Or should I say shy, but also a perfectionist. Which is more perfect?} Anyway, I pulled the book out of the box and she asked what it was. I order from Amazon way too often so my kids know it is usually something fun for them. So I had about 10 minutes before an appt. and decided to start reading it. I wasn't sure how it would go since it's a chapter book. We read one chapter and she asked me to read another. We read until the appt. and as soon as we got home she snuggled up to me and asked that I read the rest of the book. She enjoyed it.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start to Dealing With Perfectionism Feb. 10 2009
By A. Harcus - Published on Amazon.com
This book does a good job of defining extreme perfectionism in a short, confortable story. The main character is hard for kids to relate to because she is an extreme example, but the book is a good start to understanding what perfectionism is. We followed it with the book What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide For Kids which goes further to give kids strategies for dealing with their issues.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Examples Sept. 15 2011
By Jamie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provided many examples for children who have a perfectionism. What I loved most about this book is that it shows how perfectionism affects the main characters relationships. For instance, one story in the book relates to a volley ball game that the main character plays with others. The main character is focused on winning and not on having fun. In turn, it affects her relationships with her peers!! This book has helped my child with this issues. My child and I continue to read this book together and explore and discuss the issues presented in each story!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT BOOK! Pardon the pun, but it is fantastic! Jan. 12 2013
By Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
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Our Daughter is 8 and suffers from a Neurological Disorder that causes, the same effects in the brain and as presented, with Bipolar Disorder, and various anxiety disorders under OCD. Feeling like she needs to do everything perfect, or not at all, getting frustrated and crumpling things up; describes some symptoms she needed help with!

This book really helped her to understand on a level, and in a way Children can relate too. She felt like everything was alright, and everything didn't need to be perfect afterall. She wouldn't so easily accept this realization from Adults, or Therapy, the book was perfect!

Lots of ongoing improvement has been noted since!
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