Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 59

Picture Book: Too Perfect

Author: Trudy Ludwig

Illustrator: Lisa Fields

Summary: To young Maisie’s eyes, Kayla is perfect and therefore happy until Maisie is partnered with Kayla for a school project. Then Maisie sees the perfectionism, judgment, and stress that are a big part of how Kayla views herself and others. The girls’ teacher becomes concerned, and Maisie’s mother perfectly handles with unconditional love the questions Maisie asks about Kayla’s views of herself and others.

Hanna’s Comments: This author has a number of great books about children’s interpersonal & social issues. Be sure to read the afterward about perfectionism written by Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D, licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I chose this book for PBT because too often religious life is only about comparing yourself to a set of standards or laws. Hopefully, this book will encourage children in religious settings to explore in non-threatening ways the topics of perfectionism, religious laws, works vs. faith, God’s grace & mercy, self-acceptance, and unconditional love.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Tricycle Press, 2009                         
Age and Grade Appropriateness:  6 and up, 1st and up                                            
# of Pages: 32
Available in Spanish? Not at present                                                          
Formats other than Book: None at present  

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abilities, affirmation, authenticity, challenges, coveting/envy/jealousy, differences, difficulties, dreams/aspirations, emotions/feelings, encouragement, forgiveness/justifying grace/mercy/redemption, freedom, gifts/giftedness/talents, gladness/happiness, God’s nature, goodness, grace, guilt, holiness, the law/rules/10 commandments, mistakes, mothers, nurturing,  parents/parental love, perspective, self-reflection, regret/repentance, righteousness, self-acceptance/self-image/self-esteem, sin, works vs. faith or grace

Scripture Connections: The Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14); There is therefore now no condemnation (Romans 8:1-39); My grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9-10); If we say we have no sin (1 John 1:8) 

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book as a part of tween girls’ scripture study groups when dealing with issues of religious law, mercy, and grace.

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