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Publisher: Jabberwocky, an Imprint of Sourcebooks, 2011
Material: hard cover
Summary: Beatrice is a little girl who never makes mistakes. Ever. She turns in perfect homework, makes her bed, and takes care of her brother and her hamster. Every year her juggling wins the local talent competition. But this year's show changes everything. Beatrice makes a major mistake and loses the competition. What happens when she isn't perfect anymore? For kids who seek perfection, this story shows them how life might be a bit more fun when they worry less.
Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 2.8
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter really liked the narrative and characters, especially Beatrice's hamster and her little brother (who makes lots of mistakes). I was surprised that she liked it as much as she did. I didn't think she would understand the message.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the story. In a few years when my daughter is in elementary school, it will really resonate with her more. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes has great illustrations; cute and funny characters; and a lovely message.
Pros: A lovely story with cute illustrations and humor offer a life lesson that young readers can understand.
Cons: This is a story that is accessible to young reader, but it also has concepts and vocabulary that may be too mature for this audience. My daughter liked the book, but I'm not sure she could identify with Beatrice.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book, but I don't know if I would buy it. It might not keep their interest. It could make a sweet graduation gift for elementary and middle school students (i.e., kids getting ready for big milestones / changes.)
Educational Themes: Use this story to open up a conversation about being "perfect." This story helps emphasize that not only is it okay, but its important to make mistakes. Younger readers may need help in understanding that one of the ways we learn is to make mistakes.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, life lessons
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.