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“Beautiful Oops!”

“Beautiful Oops!”


Beautiful Oops!

Beautiful Oops! is a timeless lesson about turning mistakes into beautiful works of art.


“Mistakes” are all in how you look at them.

I truly appreciate author Barney Saltzberg bringing this lesson to children as well as to the adults who read this book. We all need to understand and give ourselves permission to make mistakes, which are really not mistakes at all but opportunities to learn. Giving one’s self permission to make mistakes and to take risks are two of the many traits of a creative person.

TITLE: Beautiful Oops!

AUTHOR: Barney Saltzberg

ILLUSTRATOR: Barney Saltzberg

PUBLISHER: Workman Publishing, 2010


CREATIVE COMPONENTS:  imagination, creative expression, risk-taking, permission to be creative, new perspectives


1) As an artist Leonardo da Vinci saw images in nature and everyday objects such as cracks in a wall or clouds that he’d sketch. Choose a spot on a wall or cracks in the sidewalk. Stare at that spot until an image develops in your mind. Sketch your image. Now look at that same spot on the wall or the sidewalk. Do you see your sketched image or an entirely different image?

2) Create a paint blot. Place a large blob of paint in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Fold the paper in half. Gently, smush the paint by pressing down with the palm of your hand. Unfold the paper. What does the paint blot look like? Ask those around you what it looks like to them. How many different answers did you get? Now try this. Fold a paper in half. Unfold the paper. Along the folded line, place small dots of paint. Refold the paper. Unfold. What do you see? What else can it be? Once the paint has dried develop this paint blot into one of the images you imagined it could be.


To learn more about author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg,

visit: http://www.barneysaltzberg.com

PEE-YEW! Dirty Laundry Pile Poetry Collection Honors National Poetry Day (10-8-15)


What would it be like to be a vacuum cleaner, a washing machine, or a turtle?

 Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices is a poetry collection of persona or mask poems. Mask poems are first person narratives where the subject of the poem is the speaker.   Readers use their imaginations as they experience the world through the eyes of a mosquito, a crayon, a snowflake and more. This book promotes visualizing, perspective and imaginative thinking.

TITLE: Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices

POEMS SELECTED by: Paul B. Janeczko

ILLUSTRATOR: Melissa Sweet

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publisher, Collection copyright 2001

AGE GROUP: elementary

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, imagination


Mask poems are poems written from the point of view of an animal, an object or a person other than yourself.

Write a mask poem from the point of view of a pumpkin. Your poem can rhyme or not rhyme.

Step 1:  Wonder what it would be like to be a pumpkin. What is the world like from your point of view? What do see, hear, feel, taste, and/or touch? What is happening around or to you? What do you want to do? What do you wish for?

Step 2:  Write your poem. Don’t forget to title your poem.

Step 3:  Share your poem.

To write an instant mask poem and see examples of mask poems, visit http://ettcweb.lr.k12.nj.us/forms/mask.htm


To learn more about poet Paul B. Janeczko, visit http://www.paulbjaneczko.com

To learn more about illustrator Melissa Sweet, visit http://melissasweet.net

To learn more about writing mask poems, visit Laura Purdie Salas website http://laurasalas.com/mask-poem/