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Beautiful Oops!

4.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,951 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an a ...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published September 23rd 2010 by Workman Publishing Company (first published September 9th 2010)
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Jun 11, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
How much different would my life have been, had I owned this "pop-up" book when I was a child? Not just for perfectionists, this book is for anyone who wants to be more creative, more open to possibilities. It's successful for me on both a metaphorical and literal level.
Jan 01, 2016 Anmiryam rated it really liked it
A customer ordered this and I read it as I was doing the receiving which led me to immediately ask the owner if she had ordered some more. A great gift for anyone who loves creative serendipity or for those of us who need a little push to remember that there is often something wonderful in what others may call a mistake. Inspiring and charming to look at -- this little book made my day much brighter.
Apr 29, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Oops is a delightful read for both babies and adults. The unusual artistic format of doors, windows, and unfolding paper creations will surprise, entertain, and challenge readers to think differently about mistakes. Don't miss out on this simple yet important lesson; Beautiful Oops is a beautiful read.
Christen Tulli
Jul 27, 2014 Christen Tulli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edsl520
Category: Concept/ Informational

Publication date: 2010

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Themes: Acceptance of imperfection, avoiding self-criticism, creativity

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* Barney Saltzberg's concept book Beautiful Oops is truly engaging for students. Here, a blob of paint with a few strokes becomes a frog, and a balled up piece of garbage becomes the fleece of a lamb! Collaborate with an art teacher when reading this book aloud. After reading it, have the art teacher demonstrate how
Oct 11, 2015 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
This is definitely a WOW book for me because I was surprised by every page at the way the author and illustrator turned each mistake into something beautiful. I really loved this book. I think the things you can use this book for are endless with this book. Not only will it show kids they can make a mistake with their writing or art creations and turn it into something beautiful, but it can lead to a great conversation about other things that can be seen as a "mistake" but can be turned around. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Beautiful Oops is a fun, wonderful book that teaches children that mistakes can be opportunities for creativity. The illustrations, tears and folds throughout the book encourage interaction and engages them in the process of seeing imperfections in a new way.
I got this book for my son because he would get so frustrated if he made a mistake: coloring outside the lines, an accidental mark on a drawing, etc. This book helped him realize that he can make something beautiful from accidents and that
Feb 25, 2016 Crissy rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Seeing the beauty.
Sep 02, 2013 C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cj-shelf, am-shelf
What a beautiful lesson to teach children... How to find creative solutions to what appears to be an "oops."
Sep 20, 2016 Gaby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-kids
I loved reading this to my students, and they loved it too!
Danielle Truitt
Oct 13, 2015 Danielle Truitt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Teaching Pre-K there is no shortage of “oops”. When ever my children are up set for making a mistake I always remind them that Pre- K is for making a mess and it is O.K. I love the book Beautiful Oops because it gives a positive spin on making mistakes and lets children know that its okay and we can learn from our oops.

The book provides a creative way to make new discoveries out of something that was unexpected. A spill on your clean, white sheet of paper can morph into a wild animal, a tear in
Jun 21, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Sweet colorful creative and inspiring for children in your life or the child part of your spirit. A delightful find at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art bookstore.
This book is so fun! The page with the holes--amazing. Kudos to Mr. Saltzberg; this is one I would consider gifting in the future.
Aug 12, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! It is a great childrens book and teaches children wonderful lessons. I use this to start my art classes with Kindergarten every year and it is always a great project and one of m favorites. It shows children how to find beauty in their mistakes, problem solve, and create something they are proud of.
Mary Lee
Aug 25, 2015 Mary Lee rated it it was amazing
Fabulous message, brilliantly executed.
Andie Siegel
Title: Beautiful Oops!
Author: Barney Saltzberg
Genre: How To Book
Theme(s): Mistakes, Looking Forward, Creativity
Opening line/sentence: “A torn piece of paper…is just the beginning.”
Brief Book Summary: This charming how-to book teaches children that making mistakes is okay, and that they should learn from them. This book takes common mistakes found among children, like tears, spills and bends, and turns them into something beautiful.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Children's Lit
Teresa Bateman
May 06, 2015 Teresa Bateman rated it it was amazing
Ohhh, the cleverness of this board, lift-the-flap book! After watching children at school make one little mistake in a drawing and either freak out, want to have a new piece of paper, or erase until their paper has an enormous hole in it...or all three, I can see the need for this cool, inspired book. Who hasn't had an "oops!" moment? A blot, a rip, a smear, a stain--are these horrible mistakes that must be thrown away for only perfection is acceptable, or are they chances to pull out your creat ...more
Erica Karp
Jun 25, 2014 Erica Karp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-emotional, art
This is a fun, hands-on book that shows different ways things can go from being a mistake to visual art. On each page there are flaps that are covered by something (e.g., a stain, a scribble) undesirable. However, when you flip up the flap changes are made and the mistake looks like an animal or an object. The book uses these transformations to show everything can have potential for beauty and that sometimes you just need a change in perspective. I like that this book is interactive and gives ex ...more
Savannah Spaulding
Apr 28, 2015 Savannah Spaulding rated it it was amazing
This book talks about common mistakes that are often made by children. Some of the mistakes outlined include tearing the page of a book or accidentally poking a hole in your piece of paper. It shows how these mistakes can be turned into something beautiful, and gives an alternative to destroying the work you have done by outlining some different ways mistakes can be reformed and turned into art. The critique I have about the book is that it is heavily picture based and does not include many word ...more
Cami Simmons
I LOVE this book. It is a creative story that would teach kids how to make anything beautiful. It tells us that you could take a tear and turn it into a marvelous picture. It shows ways to use your imagination to the fullest and think of pictures you could sketch on top of paint spills. The point of the book is that you can make art out of anything you can find - and it can all be beautiful!

I love this book because there is a pop up, lift up page, or "foldable's" on every page. Young kids love
Dec 17, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents of Artistic Perfectionists
Shelves: kiddo-s-faves
My 2-year-old daughter and I have read this book approximately 1 million times in the past year. At first she simply enjoyed the interactivity of opening flaps and looking through holes, but as she has grown older she comments on the way that Saltzberg uses illustrations to change the "oopses" into something new. My daughter is an artistic kid and also a budding perfectionist - a trying combination for someone still developing fine motor skills, so we talk a lot about the beautiful oopses she ma ...more
Brielle McKenna
Aug 31, 2016 Brielle McKenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
Although this book does not have a defined storyline, it does have a recurring theme. This book sums up the wonderful and wild imaginations that form beautiful creations out of "mistakes". From a torn or crumpled piece of paper, to a spill of paint, and even a stain, any "oops" can be turned into something special.

I really enjoyed this book. I was blown away by the illustrations and creativity. I love how this book encourages the exploration of imagination. Making something out of nothing is a
Danielle Bartelmay
Nov 15, 2015 Danielle Bartelmay rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
This is a story about how sometimes a mistake can lead to something even better. This book shows a series of artistic mistakes that are re-imagined as something new and exciting. This book can be used to teach creativity in art. It is also important to show children that it is okay to mess up sometimes because something even better can come out of mistakes if we use our imagination. The story and “mistakes” in this book are very interesting and the colors and format of the book are very engaging ...more
Diana Thomsen
Sep 16, 2016 Diana Thomsen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
I'm giving this five stars. Why? Because it made me cry. What? Crying over a picture book about making art out of mistakes? Yes. Because I am a perfectionist who wishes, more than anything, that someone had told me when I was a child that it is OKAY TO NOT BE PERFECT! That art is about more than just making it look right. That the process of creating is worth just as much as the product. This book said that to me. It is a message I wish I had heard many years ago when I was still forming my opin ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kids
I have a 4-year-old who sometimes struggles with perfectionism. I was looking for a book that would encourage her to see good in her mistakes. Sometimes Mama saying, it's fine, you're still learning, or it still looks fantastic, just doesn't help. This book is wonderful for that. She loves the interactivity of the pages and how an "oops" becomes something cool. We borrowed this from the library, but will be adding it to our list of "to own" books.

Note: It isn't for the non-gentle reader. Though
Mar 17, 2012 Clescheid rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a beautiful board book about the creative soul! In simple pictures and words children are encouraged to find and make beauty out of everything in their path - even their mistakes!
Mar 11, 2016 Relyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: Family Fun magazine, I think
Oh, I loved this beautiful, creative, super-fun book. I want to buy a copy and use it in my classroom to begin a discussion about developing a "no real mistakes" mentality.
Nov 15, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: board-books
such a fantastic board book for kids with a great message about how you can turn an "oops" into something beautiful!
This is a book about how art "mistakes" are not mistakes at all, but rather can be changed into beautiful creations. The interactive and multi-element pages add a special level of interest and model how accidents can become something really wonderful. This book is appropriate for children of many levels to show that it is okay to make a mistake. In addition, the interactive elements allow for children with lower language skills to participate in a meaningful way.

Theme: Art, school
Topic: Art- fos
Elizabeth Bartos
Sep 19, 2015 Elizabeth Bartos rated it really liked it
This book is a great piece of artwork. The interaction a reader has with not only the words and pictures but the pages themselves provides the reader with an even greater connection to the story. The illustrator of the book has used collage so the words and pictures become one.

The story itself is all about embracing mistakes as if they are an "opportunity to make something beautiful." An artist knows only to well that mistakes will happen and it's our attitude about them that can make things be
Sara Jones
Feb 28, 2011 Sara Jones rated it really liked it
Great message about the beauty/potential in mistakes. Great for one-on-one reading.
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Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of close to 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, Good Egg, Cornelius P. Mud , Crazy Hair Day and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series with over 800,000 copies in print. He has two new releases, Tea With Grandpa and Chengdu Could Not Would Not Fall Asleep coming this spring.
Additionally, he’s recorded four CDs
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