By Belinda Blecher

Frankie Lane won't try new things - they terrify her, make her cringe ...




That's how many children feel when faced with the prospect of trying something new they may fail at.

Whether it's experimenting with a new food, diving into a pool or riding a bike, their frustrated parents can't get them to risk not being the best.

  • "This is a glorious book. It shows how, with the magic of companionship, our fears can be confronted as you are not alone in your worries."

    — Dr. Robyn Dolby

    Psychologist, Secure Beginnings

    —  Dr. Robyn Dolby
  • "Magic Mistakes sows the seed of resilience into little people, providing an optimal foundation for them to bloom into psychologically flexible young adults."

    — Dr. Sue Morris

    Author of 'The Rubber Brain'

    —  Dr. Sue Morris
  • "I hope all learning educators will read Magic Mistakes and appreciate Frankie's difficulty with stepping outside her comfort zone and taking risks."

    — Prof. Linda Harrison

    Professor or Early Childhood, Macquarie University.

    —  Prof. Linda Harrison

Meet Frankie Lane. She is the perfect child, as long as she sticks with what she knows. But as we join Frankie on her adventure into the unknown, we learn about the wonder and beauty of Magic Mistakes.

We encounter an 'Oopsy Loh', the Patron Saint of Mistakes, and see how Frankie's fantastically spontaneous alter ego, Tallulah Flare, embraces trial and error.

We travel with Frankie​ to the brink of her fears and learn how to face and embrace the growth opportunities they bring.

This book offers readers the language to face and embrace everyday, ordinary anxieties.

It is a tool for parents, caregivers and teachers who are often overwhelmed by how to encourage anxious children to be more resilient when faced with life’s challenges. This book is engaging, with a sympathetic protagonist who is easy to relate to.

Belinda's clinical experience, together with a compelling narrative, and hilarious & colourful illustrations ​make this book both psychologically valuable and entertaining.

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About the Illustrator

Lisa Allen is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Muriwai on Auckland's west coast. Her work is based mostly in children's book illustration and design. She also paints to exhibit and have a variety of distinctly different illustration styles across a range of media. She is a member of the NZSA & SCWBI.

Lisa is responsible for all the amazing illustrations in Magic Mistakes, as well as in other children's books such as 'Dragons under my bed' by Kath Bee and 'Emotions in Motion' by Rose Stanley.

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