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Beautiful Oops!

4.56 of 5 stars 4.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,490 ratings  ·  198 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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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
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
Mar 25, 2015 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
What a beautiful lesson to teach children... How to find creative solutions to what appears to be an "oops."
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.
Danielle Truitt
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
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.
Mary Lee
Fabulous message, brilliantly executed.
Teresa Bateman
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
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
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
Dec 17, 2014 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Danielle Bartelmay
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
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
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!
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
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
Great message about the beauty/potential in mistakes. Great for one-on-one reading.
Evocative of Peter Reynolds' brilliant picture books, Ish, and The Dot, Barney Saltzberg's Beautiful Oops is a celebration of the portals of discovery that are often disguised as blunders. Saltzberg allows us to view the inevitable spills, tears, cracks, and unintentional lines on the pages of this glossy picture book as opportunities for the creation of something new, albeit unplanned, rather than as mere mistakes. This book brought to mind a line from Hamlet:

"there is nothing either good or b
Mistakes are not something to moan about, rather something to celebrate! Let your imagination run wild, channel that inner artist, see the potential in all those 'oops'. Saltzberg shows us just a few examples of creativity and resourcefulness. Giving all of the us the 'ok' to learn and reimagine takes us through life's mishaps as we journey through it, rejoicing in our own humanness.

Beautiful Oops! is for all through one hundred and one, reminding us that we are not perfect, but how
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
Mr. Saltzberg shows how to break rules that haven't even been inculcated yet in the target age group. It's a feel-good book that doesn't make one feel good because it ignores the feel-bad, that is, the appropriate sorrow over failure, and the fact that one might actually aim for perfection, even if it isn't achieved; which essentially causes the book to negate itself (perhaps this makes it successful in its own view). Two stars for interesting book construction, the reason kids keep picking it u ...more
Sharon Nakagawa
The minute I held this book I knew it was just right--not too squishy, not too flat, and not too stuffy. It spoke straight to the heart of a group of twenty-four first graders. Every flap, every peephole, every pop-up and prop (such as a piece of crumpled-up paper) kept the children off their criss-cross-applesauce bottoms not wanting to miss a single detail. There were oohs, ahhhs, and "This is so much fun!"

Since it is a small book, I had to walk around the group to give them a better look, es
Man, where was this book when I was growing up The perfect life's o.k. to make a mistake. Bring them on. Let's turn that mistake into an opportunity to be uber creative and explore all the possibilities where we can turn that blunder into a brand new discovery. A spill on your clean, white sheet of paper can be morphed into a wild, crazy animal and an accidental tear in your paper can be turned into the mouth of a roaring alligator. The possibilities are endless if you just let your ...more
Cameron Crane
“Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.” This is one of my favorite quotes, and it comes from a man named Al Bernstein. I love it because as a lifelong perfectionist, it reminds me that sometimes taking chances, making mistakes, and being messy can be beautiful. This is also the underlying message in Beautiful Oops!, the exciting picture book by Barney Saltzberg.

The Story: Beautiful Oops! explains how simple mistakes, from a tear in a piece of paper, to a hot cho
Candace Offutt
I love love love this book! Found it in an art classroom at a local elementary school while I was there and had to read it. I think this is an awesome book to read to students in any classroom, not just art. It teaches children that it is OKAY to make mistakes and that many times you can turn your mistakes into, in this case, beautiful works of art. Basically, it is not the end of the world if a mistake it made. It is also very hands-on and the illustrations are 3-D and creative.
Christine Turner
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 alligator. Barney Saltzberg, the effervescent spirit behind Good Egg , offers a one-of-a-kind interactive book that shows youn ...more
Roni Arnold
A must-read for every human on the planet who was once a kid or ever plans to have a kid.

Everyone should learn how beautiful a mistake can be, and how "mistakes" are necessary parts of life. They, in fact, can lead to masterpieces or even be masterpieces themselves. This book gives us a new perspective and teaches us grace, acceptance and love in a cute, precious way.

Barney is kind of a genius, isn't he?
Beautiful Oops! is an interactive board book suitable for all ages, even adults. The paper-engineering is fun, fresh and diverse. There are pop-ups, bends, tears, lift-the flaps (upon flaps upon flaps), holes, overlays, splashes and splotches.

Author Barney Saltzberg's message is strong: “It’s OK to make a mistake.” Beautiful Oops! illustrates how many wonderful creations often start with an accident. A torn piece of paper becomes the mouth of an alligator. A bent page turns into a penguin’s bea
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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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