Regina's Big Mistake

When asked to draw a rain forest during art class, Regina is afraid of trying and failing, a feeling recognizable to all school aged children.
Regina s Big Mistake When asked to draw a rain forest during art class Regina is afraid of trying and failing a feeling recognizable to all school aged children

  • Title: Regina's Big Mistake
  • Author: Marissa Moss
  • ISBN: 9780395700938
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Regina's Big Mistake”

    1. In this book, Regina and her class are assigned the task of drawing a jungle scene. However, Regina keeps making mistakes and comparing her work to that of others. She can't seem to be satisfied with her work no matter what, until her teacher encourages her to make her mistakes a part of the scene and draw around them. This advice transforms her paper into a beautiful, highly unique jungle scene that she ends up being very proud of. I liked this book because it teaches the important of persisten [...]

    2. Me: This was a family favorite for years. This helped the boys overcome their angst and worry about making mistakes on the page when they were in their preschool and kindergarten years.From School Library JournalGrade 1-2Regina's problem in art class is a common one. Given a blank paper and crayons, the class is instructed to create a jungle scene, but no ideas come to her. She sneaks peeks at her neighbors' work (much to their indignation) and then makes a tentative start, borrowing from their [...]

    3. Regina wanted her jungle to be perfect. But of course, who is perfect?She tried everything to avoid mistakes - crumpling up her paper, dawdling, even copying at one point - but it's only when she learned to turn her mistakes into assets that her picture became the envy of the class. This is a very common problem with small children. They want their hands to do what their minds picture, and are upset when they can't. (Heck, it's a common enough problem with adults, too!) Regina is very realistic [...]

    4. I also read this book to my Kindergarten class. While it was a bit long and I began to lose their attention, they were still very much interested in how Regina would solve her big mistake of not being able to draw what the teacher asked her to draw. I think it would best suit first through third grade, but my class still enjoyed it. The girls enjoyed it the most.

    5. Regina wants to be a good artist like her classmates, but she keeps making mistakes and throwing her paper away. Finally, though, she learns to let go and follow the creative process. I would have really benefited from this book as a kid. This is a childhood experience that lots of kids have, and Marissa Moss portrays it well.

    6. A book most of us can relate to, even as adults. A classroom assignment to draw a jungle challenges Regina. Everything she tries seems like a mistake or copying off her classmates. When she trusts herself the result is special.

    7. Cute illustrations and a relatable and inspiring story. This book always made me feel good and capable as a kid. Great for children who have high expectations of themselves or tend to be anxious. Adorable little girl of color.

    8. This a great book to use if you’re dealing with perfectionist in your classroom that never seem to be happy with their work. It is also great for encouraging students not to give up and to think outside the box to make something work.1st through 3rd grade read aloud.

    9. I always read this to my first graders. It helps with those that have a hard time just letting lose and being creative.

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