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August 26, 2015

Wee Read Wednesday: Penelope Perfect

penelope perfect book review
“I’d never been late for anything. I just knew this would be a bad day.” When Penelope oversleeps, her daily routine gets thrown for a loop. From wearing mismatched socks to receiving her first-ever “B,” will “Penelope Perfect” survive this imperfect day?

This encouraging story told in cheerful rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about overcoming perfectionism and coping when things don’t go according to plan.

Our Thoughts:
Such a fun book for elementary kids!

Ting has a tendency to get into a routine, and things get a little crazy around her if that routine gets out of whack. Thankfully she has gotten much more laid back in recent years, but we can still relate to this story of Penelope and her routine of perfection.

Penelope strives to be the perfect kid, and she is stuck in a routine. She wakes at the same time, eats the same breakfast, skips recess to tidy her notes, and is meticulous to do her homework until bedtime. She perfects each and every detail of her life.

Until… she oversleeps! The day that Penelope oversleeps becomes a day of laid back fun. She discovers an entire world outside her routine, and she discovers that she doesn’t have to be perfect all the time.

What a great lesson for children to learn. They don’t have to be perfect, and it’s okay to have fun and be a kid.

This book is also filled with some great illustrations – bold colors with a fun style. The end of the book also has activities and discussion ideas that can be used with kids both at home and in the classroom.

Shannon Anderson has her master’s degree in education and is a literacy coach, high ability coordinator, adjunct professor, and former first-grade teacher. She loves spending time with her family, playing with words, teaching kids and adults, running very early in the morning, traveling to new places, and eating ice cream. She also enjoys doing author visits and events. Shannon lives in Indiana with her husband Matt and their daughters Emily and Madison.