Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism

Pages: 48, Color
Size: 6" x 9"
Age Range: 8-12
Item #: 441B016
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0379-6
List Price: $14.95
Copyright: 2008
Format: Hardcover
Other Format: Softcover
Availability: In Stock
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Sally Sanders is a perfectionist — if she can't be the best, she feels like a failure. Sally procrastinates, shies away from new things, and constantly compares herself to others, convinced she's not good enough.

With the help of her teachers and mother, Sally learns how to relax and try new things without worrying so much about being the best. She can just be herself, and that is all she needs.

About the Author
Ellen Flanagan Burns, a school psychologist and licensed massage therapist, has dealt with perfectionism personally and professionally, and she has worked with many children suffering from anxiety. She believes that children's books can be a powerful therapeutic tool and is a strong supporter of holistic and cognitive-based interventions for children with anxiety-related issues. Ms. Burns lives in Newark, Delaware with her family.
About the Illustrator
Erica Pelton Villnave's involvement in children's literature began at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied illustration. Her watercolor illustrations are filled with whimsical imagery, vibrant colors and details that can guide both child and adult along wonderful journeys to any place and time. An animated cast of characters share the variety of experiences and emotions in the life of every child. Such images, of characters and situations, give voice and vision to the stories as they are read and experienced by each child.
Reviews & Awards
  • iParenting Media Award Winner!

Nobody's Perfect illustrates how extreme perfectionism can get in the way of enjoying life. I recommend this book highly for any child who struggles with the need to always be perfect.
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, author, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism, professor of psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto

Ellen Flanagan Burns is giving all children who suffer from the pain of perfectionism a wonderful gift by helping them understand mistakes are a normal part of life and everything they do doesn't have to be absolutely perfect!
—Rosemary Callard-Szulgit, EdD, author of Perfectionism and Gifted Children

The thoughtful handling of an important real-life issue makes Nobody's Perfect highly recommended, and an absolute must-have for children's grade school and public library collections.
The Midwest Book Review