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Beautiful Oops!

Last updated Friday, August 5, 2016

Author: Barney Saltzberg
Date of Publication: 2010
ISBN: 076115728X
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Aug. 2016

Synopsis: A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: Its OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesnt ruin a drawingnot when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Dont be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator. An award winning, best-selling, one-of-a-kind interactive book, Beautiful Oops! shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A singular work of imagination, creativity, and paper engineering, Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion telescopeeach demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.

Note to readers:
•  Doing a picture walk before reading the book may take away some of the surprise that comes from each 'oops.' Instead, after reading and revealing the first 'oops,' have the kids identify what the 'oops' is on the page. Then encourage them to use their imaginations to think about what they would turn the 'oops' into, before reveling the stories idea.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is an "oops'?
•  What is another word for "oops'? (whoops, mistake, uh-oh)
•  When have you made an "oops"? What happened and how did you feel?


•  Scrap - a small piece of something that is leftover from something bigger
•  Smudge/smear - a mark, spot, streak
•  Celebrate - to do something special for an event
•  Possibilities - a chance that something might exist, happen, or be true
•  Imagination - the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced
•  Potential - capable of becoming real or possible
•  Opportunity - having the chance to do something

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What can a torn piece of paper become?
•  What can a spill become?
•  What can a scrap of paper become?
•  Which was your favorite "'oops"?

Craft ideas:
•  Have the kids make folded paper animal crafts, similar to the bent paper oops (3rd oops in the book). Examples are on Pinterest.
•  Pre-make an oops, such as tearing, cutting holes in, or coloring, construction paper. Pass the paper with the oops out to the kids so they can come up with a way to use or create something with it.
•  See examples on Pinterest:

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!