Preschool and Picture Books

Theme: Mistakes

Beautiful Oops! - (ISBN: 978-0761157281)

by Barney Saltzberg

This book shows the inherent beauty of that errant daub of paint or meaningless squiggle. Take a look at how art emerges from errors if you have the flexibility to see what the page is trying to say. Random accidents, spills, unintentional creations can all result in great art. Experiment with your mistakes!

Blue Hat, Green Hat - (ISBN: 978-0671493202)

by Sandra Boynton

Hold your sides and try not to laugh too hard as the turkey puts his clothes on all wrong! Learn colors as well, as you see his mistakes in his choice of pants for a hat and socks as mittens!

Bubble Trouble - (ISBN: 978-0547074214)

by Margaret Mahy

After one of Mabel’s bubbles mistakenly encapsulates her little brother, he starts to float up to the heavens! Although the entire town mobilizes in an effort to catch the wayward bubble, the baby inside is happily smiling and enjoying his ride! What ideas would you have to safely rescue the child?

Good Night, Gorilla - (ISBN: 978-0399224454)

by Peggy Rathmann

The zoo watchman mistakenly believes that he is locking the zoo animals in for the night as he trudges past each cage and says goodnight. Very surreptitiously, each animal sneaks the key and unlocks the cage. A parade begins to form behind the tired zoo employee. The final page shows all the animals standing around the watchman’s bed where he tries to get a good night’s sleep next to his slumbering wife! What is your favorite part of this story?

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing - (ISBN: 978-0805038545)

by John Burningham

Mr. Gumpy underestimates the weights of all the various animals he invites to take a leisurely ride in his undersized boat. You might be able to predict the results! Mr. Gumpy warns the crowd about possible danger, but, even after the craft capsizes, everyone has a good time. All partiers enjoy having tea together while drying off! What were some more positive results of Mr. Gumpy’s error?

Curious George Takes a Train - (ISBN: 9780618065660)

by H.A. Rey

Fall Mixed Up - (ISBN: 978-0761346067)

by Bob Raczka

Super-completely and Totally the Messiest - (ISBN: 9780689829413)

by Judith Viorst

Wacky Wednesday - (ISBN: 9780394929125)

by Theo LeSieg

Activities for this Theme

Blow some bubbles near a sidewalk on a hot summer day. Notice the marks the bubbles make on the sidewalk. What shapes and figures do you see?

Take some finger paints and throw a few blobs on half the paper. Fold the paper in half and press down firmly all across the paper. What kind of art emerges?

Exchange the roles in your household. Put on your mother’s or father’s clothes for one day and do their jobs!