Maisie thinks Kayla is perfect, but is she happy? Acclaimed child advocate Ludwig explores the relentless and destructive drive for perfection, and the freedom that comes from accepting one's self. Full color.
working to your potential, rather than to perfection.
Trudy Ludwig travels the country speaking on topics such as teasing, bullying, and mutual respect. Her books have been endorsed by such organizations as The Ophelia Project, Hands and Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Full Esteem Ahead. Trudy lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
"My Secret Bully provides an important resource to help parents." -Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out "[In Just Kidding] Trudy Ludwig has not only captured the heart of boy taunting, but also the best solutions." -Susan Wellman, founder of The Ophelia Project
"Sorry! helps parents and educators teach children the magic transformative power of apology." -Aaron Lazare, MD, author of On Apology
"[Trouble Talk] would be well used by school counselors or social workers to interface with a child who's exhibiting or harmed by 'trouble talk.'" -School Library Journal
"Too Perfect sets the stage for meaningful discussions about being yourself and working to your potential, not to perfection. In our extremely competitive society, I highly recommend this book for kids and parents!" -Barbara Z. Carlson, cofounder of Putting Family First and coauthor of Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-up World
"Too Perfect is a much-needed primer for our children (not to mention, the children inside all of us) on why perfection is unhealthy, unproductive, and plain old unfun." -Courtney E. Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body
"With Too Perfect, Trudy Ludwig has hit the mark on the pitfalls of perfectionism-and shows children and their parents that we are all 'perfect' just the way we are." -Jill Zimmerman Rutledge, MSW, LCSW, author of Picture Perfect: What You Need to Feel Better About Your Body
"Perfectionism isn't a disease to be conquered; it is a self-esteem issue in need of healing. Too Perfect shows us how we might begin to do just that." -Thomas S. Greenspon, PhD, author of Freeing Our Families From Perfectionism and What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: A Guide for Kids
This well-intentioned but highly didactic picture book focuses on the pitfalls of apparent perfection. Maisie believes that a girl in her class is perfect in looks, actions and life. However, through some classroom interactions, she quickly sees that all is not wonderful in Kayla's world. The pressure to be perfect and the subsequent loss of Maisie's self-confidence are assuaged by her sensible mother. Fields's Photoshopped oil illustrations are more than a bit weird, with Maisie an alarming shade of pinky peach and Kayla seemingly Asian American, in an unfortunate instance of stereotyping. Somewhat interesting uses of perspective in the illustrations echo the different points of view of the characters within. An afterword by a psychologist, an author's note giving tips for dealing with this problem, questions for discussion as well as a short bibliography weigh this Lesson down even further. While lacking in literary or pictorial merit, however, the book is one of few on a very timely social problem. (Picture book. 7-10)<\i> (Kirkus Reviews)
Commended for Moonbeam Children's Book Award (Picture Book) 2009
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