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Penelope Perfect

A Tale of Perfectionism Gone Wild

By: Shannon Anderson
Illustrated by: Katie Kath

Price: CAD $14.99

Publisher: FREE SPIRIT PUBLISHING

Imprint: Free Spirit Publishing

48 Pages

9.49 X 8.5 X 0.16 ins

ISBN:  9781631980473 -- Paperback
9781631980190 -- Hardcover

Publication Date: 09/10/2015

"I'd never been late for anything. I just knew this would be a bad day." When Penelope oversleeps, her daily routine gets thrown for a loop. From wearing mismatched socks to receiving her first-ever "B," will "Penelope Perfect" survive this imperfect day? This encouraging story told in cheerful rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about overcoming perfectionism and coping when things don't go according to plan.

"Penelope is a delightful girl with characteristics that both children and adults will relate to. It was wonderful to see her transformation as she realized that life offers more than just the things that fit inside a well-planned schedule. An excellent choice to teach a lesson to us all." - Emily Keifer, president of the Indiana State Reading Association

"This engaging and readable book for kids (and their parents) makes a vital distinction between doing your best and being perfect, and it captures the joyous sense of freedom that comes from letting go of constant worry. I recommend it as an excellent starting point for family conversations about perfectionism." - Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D., author of Moving Past Perfect and What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough


Shannon Anderson has her master's degree in education and is a literacy coach, high ability coordinator, adjunct professor, and former first-grade teacher. You can find out more about her at www.shannonisteaching.com. Shannon lives in Indiana with her family.

Katie Kath is an international award-winning freelance illustrator who creates book and magazine artwork for children of all ages, as well as for young adults.



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