Picturebook Review: Oopsy, Teacher! by Stephanie Calmenson and Sachiko Yoshikawa

Oopsy, Teacher!, written by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, is a picturebook about how even the coolest people can have off days. Mr. Bungles is a great teacher, and his students love him. However, one day he just keeps making mistakes. At home, at school, and beyond. It is a great story for showing that everyone makes mistakes, and the best thing we can do is learn from them and move on.

Oopsy, Teacher! is a fun and artfully silly picturebook that will delight students. Mr. Bungles is a lovable character, which make his oppsy moments endearing and sympathetic. Even though the students do play a small trick on him, even the biggest mistakes are all fun and good natured. I think the story would be great for starting a discussion about how it feels when we make mistakes or have an accident, how others feel when it happens to them, and how we might learn something from them.

I recommend Oopsy, Teacher! for one on one sharing, library storytimes, and classroom use. It is light hearted, fun, and can lead the way to important discussions without feeling like a 'life lesson' book.
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