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

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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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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
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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for junior perfectionist Aug. 27 2014
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This story reached my 6 year old junior perfectionist, and she regularly asked for it until it got packed away during our move... Very nicely written with development across the individual story chapters towards the overall theme.
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