I was interested to read The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes because I have dealt with perfectionism throughout my life and I am starting to see some of those tendencies in my children.
This book tells the story of a girl who, as you can tell from the title, never makes mistakes. She has fans! Everyone knows she never makes mistakes! But the pressure starts to get to her and finally she realizes that it’s OK to make mistakes.
That may seem like a simple lesson, but I think it’s an important one for kids to learn if they seem to have perfectionist tendencies. There are really two types of perfectionism: the sort that inspires you to do your best and the sort that paralyzes you because it makes you so afraid to fail that you never try. As with many personality traits, I think a perfectionist bent can be reined in and made useful or it can be a major flaw. It’s better to start learning to harness it sooner rather than later.
The pictures in the book are fun and imaginative and the text is helpful. Sometimes I get annoyed by “here’s an issue!” type children’s books, but in this case I think the concept was pulled off well.
The publisher of The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is offering a giveaway copy of the book to one reader of A Spirited Mind. If you’re interested in winning a copy, leave a comment on the post! I’ll close the giveaway on Tuesday October 11 at 8 pm EST and post the winner on Wednesday October 12.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. The book’s publisher sent me a complimentary review copy of the book, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review or required to write a positive review.