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Too Perfect: Trudy Ludwig

By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 8, 2009

Too Perfect

by Trudy Ludwig (Author) and Lisa Fields (Illustrator)

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 2009)

What To Expect: Perfectionism, Self-Acceptance, Family, School

Maisie works hard in school, but no matter how hard she tries, she only gets B’s and C’s.  Despite the fact that her mother constantly reassures her, “Maisie, you are perfect just the way you are,” Maisie really wishes that she could be like Kayla.  Kayla always gets straight A’s, she’s a star on the soccer team, and her hair is perfect and straight (unlike Maisie’s, which is red and frizzy).  However, when Maisie and Kayla have to work together as partners on a project, Maisie begins to realize that there are disadvantages to being “too perfect.”

I really liked this book.  There is a lot of pressure on kids today to be the best: at school, in sports, even in their appearance.  The underlying message here is that you need to work toward being the best you can be, but striving toward perfection is often debilitating.  Maisie’s mom is portrayed as being extremely supportive of her daughter, constantly reassuring her that she loves her daughter for who she is.

The book itself also contains discussion questions at the end of it, and suggestions to help out children who have let perfectionism hurt their self esteem. It also contains a list of recommended readings for young children, tweens, and adults. I think we can all take a reminder from Maisie’s mom:  “Being happy doesn’t come from being perfect.  It comes from trusting and accepting who you are–mistakes and all.”

Trudy Ludwig is also the author of other books about the challenges kids face, such as My Secret BullyJust Kidding, and Sorry!

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<a href="https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/author/amanda-lynch">Amanda Lynch</a> is a writer, editor, and blogger who grew up in Florida knowing she belonged somewhere else. She now lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three amazing little boys. She is the Eco-Friendly/Green Living Contributor over at the <a href="http://www.primeparentsclub.com/author/amandalynch/">Prime Parents' Club</a> and strives to live earth friendly in a world of disposable diapers. When not writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing around a curly-haired boy, she cheers for the Gators (in all kinds of weather) and occasionally remembers to sleep. You can also find her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/AmandaLynchWriter">Facebook</a>, or on Twitter as <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thebookprincess">@thebookprincess</a>.

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