Beautiful Oops!

Beautiful Oops!

by Barney Saltzberg

Board Book

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A spill. A smear. A smudge. A tear. When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!

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.

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 “telescope”—each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761157281
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/23/2010
Pages: 28
Sales rank: 13,376
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: AD320L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Barney Saltzberg is the author of more than 30 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, My Book of Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series. Additionally, he’s recorded four albums of songs for children. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a pond full of fish.

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Beautiful Oops 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Artobsessed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great for teaching "happy accidents" in art
dreplogle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An engaging book encouraging a person to go above and beyond a mistake that's been made. "When you Think you have made a mistake ( and what kid or grownup hasn't?), think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!"
Rain27L More than 1 year ago
Great book to teach children that it is okay to make a mistake
4Eleven More than 1 year ago
This was purchased for a 4 year old niece for Christmas. Her sister (who is 18 months) tends to get into her things and "ruin" them. After reading the description of the book online, I thought it would be a good gift for her as it might help her deal with her sister's "help". When she opened the book, it was looked at for a few seconds. It was Christmas, after all and there were more presents to open. What surprised me is that almost everyone else in the room wanted to read the book - an 18 years old cousin who just graduated from a magnet art high school said he wished he had this book when he was younger, my sister (who is an early childhood educator) said what a great book this is, and the mother of the niece said she loved the message and the positive spin on "oops!" This book shows creative ways to make beautiful things out of something that didn't go as expected. A tear becomes an alligator, a fold becomes a penguin. Not only does this show problem solving in a creative environment, it teaches the foundation of creative problem solving that can be applied to many different situations as the child grows. While this is not a book to be read everyday, I think it's an important book to have in a child's library or to check out from your local library. It's wonderful, creative, and colorful all while teaching a valuable skill. I'll definitely be adding this to my own children's library.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
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 imagination run wild and follow through with your ideas.  Barney Saltzberg designed this interactive book to show young readers how to react in a positive and fun way when you make a mistake. (and we all make them)  The book is imaginative, creative and has a wonderful message to pass along.  "Beautiful  Oops!' is filled with the best in paper engineering techniques.  These pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes etc. give you a bird's eye view of how to transform a blooper into a magnificent work of art.   Saltzberg gives you permission to relax, not worry, and turn that oops into something you can be proud of and celebrate.   So go ahead, step out, take a chance, take a risk and remind yourself that everything you make or design, using your imagination, can become beautiful and have value in the art world.   This book is perfect for pre-schoolers (and adults alike), and comes in the form of a board book.  Mistakes are imminent,  heck, everyone makes them.  This book inspires us to re-focus and re-define our mistakes so we can once again turn them into something beautiful.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, I think kids would enjoy it, and I enjoyed it so......
GrammaReta More than 1 year ago
A precious book for little ones.
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lifesdelights More than 1 year ago
I had been in the book store for an hour. Upon leaving, the book's yellow cover with simple graphics and interesting title caught my attention. I reached for the book and began turning the pages. It put a smile on my face by page 2. There's a torn on page 1 - half page down, from the right edge to the center. I thought, "did someone tear the page accidentally when they read this book?", but when I turned the page, that tear became the big, cheerful smile of an adorable crocodile, and that smile climbed up my face. Each page in the book features a "mistake" - a crease, a crumble, a cut or a stain, but each turns into a heart-warming delight. Little "mistakes" in life can transform into something colorful and beautiful, through exploration, discovery and courage. This book is a wonderful read for children, yet inspiring for all.
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SFC_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: "Everyone who has ever said the word 'oops' will be smiling when they see the masterpiece that Barney Saltzberg has created . . . funny and fun, Beautiful OOPS! is the best fit to give anyone, any age, anywhere, anytime." ~Jamie Lee Curtis Overall thoughts: This is a delightful concept book for all ages, even though it is suggested for ages 3 and up. With bright vivid colors throughout children of all ages will love turning each page to find something fun or a little different to get their creative muse turning. If you have someone who loves art . . . this would be a fun book to give as a gift. Author and illustrator, Barney Saltzberg is also the creative force behind the bestselling Peekaboo Kisses and last year's Good Egg. A singular work of imagination, creativity and paper engineering fills this book with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges and even an incredible accordion "telescope". Children will delight in knowing they can create anything from torn paper like an alligator. Or see a spill become an elephant . . . a pack of puppies . . . or even a family of birds. Besides each page having a creative twist to an everyday "Oops", you also get a surprise trying to find how each page reveals the hidden creativity of the "Oops". Making this book extra special and a unique concept book.