Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

I found an absolutely beautiful picture book called The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken. Published in 2017, this book has few words, but the art is fantastic. The first page reads, "It started" and the facing page has the picture of a half drawn face. The next page says, "with one mistake." and the facing page shows the face more drawn but with one eye way too big. 

"Making the other eye even bigger was another mistake." Now the face is more drawn and the eyes still don't match. 

The next page says, "But the glasses - they were a good idea."

Each page shows and tells which things were mistakes and which things were good ideas as each page gets more and more detailed with beautiful illustrations that often look like ink, but they have splashes of color. The book ends at the beginning in a magical, beautiful way. 

I love this book because it shows that it's okay to mess up and often our biggest and best ideas come from other ideas that didn't quite work out the way we hoped.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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