Perfect Petunias is a book especially for those little people who find it hard to make mistakes, designed to ’shape’ perfectionistic tendencies towards being a little more self-accepting and flexible.
Loppy LAC is very worried about not doing his homework well enough. He is always focusing on what he hasn’t done rather than what he has, and he becomes very frustrated. So, his friend Curly teaches him about how petunias grow — in lots of different, imperfect directions that we can’t control! Loppy learns that by trying to control whether he makes mistakes or not it’s as if he’s always trying to grow ‘perfect’ petunias. Sometimes he just needs to accept that things go a certain way and to change his definition of ‘perfect’ to mean trying his absolute best.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 305 x 230 mm / 12 x 9 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
Featured in School Library Journal: ‘When “Perfect” Is a Pitfall: Recognizing perfectionism in students, and books to help’
“Author and clinical psychologist Lynn Jenkins also wanted to offer caregivers a way to “intervene in that little budding [perfectionist] belief system as early as we can.” That’s what she set out to do in Perfect Petunias (Exisle, 2018), from a series that uses one character to personify kids’ problems and another their coping techniques. Jenkins says this strategy helps tots recognize harmful and helpful patterns. “ Click here to read
“For kids who need to learn perfect just means trying your best .” – Click here to read in full.
Pass It On
“As Einstein once said, ‘Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.’ Perfect Petunias sets out to help children let go of perfection. The message: don’t give up, don’t worry and go with the flow. A positive message for little stress heads.”
Reading Time – Children’s Book Council of Australia
“It’s easy to become frustrated when things don’t turn out quite right, and this book is a great resource to help little people understand their feelings and how to deal with them. It also shows adults a positive way to respond to help their little person.” – Click here to read the review in full.
The Mummy Project
“Written by local psychologist Lynn Jenkins and local illustrator Kirrili Lonergan, this series is popular with Newcastle and Hunter families to assist with their children’s emotional development. Perfect Petunias is especially valuable for little people who find it hard to make mistakes. It strives to help them become more self-accepting and flexible” – Click here to read the review in full.
Bottomshelf Edu Blog
“This is the third in a series to help Loppy the LAC (Little Anxious Creature) deal with his anxieties. in this case not being satisfied with anything that he sees as being less than perfect. Children like Loppy are present in every class. Helping them to see the glass half-full … can lay the foundations for strong mental and emotional health in the future.” – Click here to read the review in full.
Blue Wolf Reviews
“There is a small block of text, on a large white background for easy reading and following, as well as brightly coloured pictures. These show purple petunias and a red stripy tail on Loppy. His message of “Sometimes I can do what I can, then I need to let my petunias grow,” is a wonderful catch phrase for those who struggle with not being perfect.” – Click here to read the review in full.