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Penelope Perfect

A Tale of Perfectionism Gone Wild

illustrated by Katie Kath

“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.

A social story to reduce anxiety while doing your best.

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ISBN: 978-1-63198-047-3
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 5–9
Guided Reading Level: K
Lexile Measure: 600L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Page Count: 48
Praise for Penelope Perfect
“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
“Anderson’s singsong rhymes make the story’s message plain . . . and Kath injects plenty of humor into her cartooning as their biracial heroine models a valuable attitude for readers whose striving can tilt into anxiety.”—Publishers Weekly
“Cheery cartoons . . . and vignettes show many instances of perfection . . . The book concludes with four pages of activities and discussion questions to help adults understand and work with children struggling with perfectionism.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This book tackles subject matter not often touched upon in picture books and handles it in an entertaining, gentle way.”—Booklist
“Penelope’s quirks are charming. Those who have issues similar to Penelope’s will appreciate this title.”—School Library Journal

Penelope Perfect is a must-read for anyone who has ever had trouble accepting the fact that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.”—Long and Short Reviews
  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3, MS.5, MS.6
    BS.LS.1, BS.LS.2, BS.LS.3, BS.LS.4, BS.LS.10
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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December 4, 2016 /
Perfect Read for the Classroom!

This book handles perfectionism in a humorous way, through a fun, rhyming text. I used it in my classroom last year and this year. I love that it shows kids not to be so hard on themselves if everything doesn't go exactly according to plan.


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