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Reviewed by Jennie More for Readers' Favorite
Jake the Ape Makes a Lot of Mistakes! Book 1 in the Mindset School Series by Heather Lyn Davis is the story of a young ape still learning to perform daily activities like dressing, making breakfast, playing, and doing math. He makes a lot of mistakes because it could be his first time trying them on his own. As Jake goes through his day, making many more mistakes and feeling self-conscious, he starts thinking of ways to avoid errors. He considers not doing his homework to avoid feeling embarrassed when he doesn’t know the answers. Jake learns the valuable lesson that mistakes are part of life, and the more slips you make, the better you get at doing many different and fun things like playing ball with your friends.
Jake the Ape Makes a Lot of Mistakes! by Heather Lyn Davis is a fascinating, charming, gripping, and insightful story. I think that Davis has created a highly relevant story for children. Children make many mistakes, which can be a humiliating experience for them if they don’t understand that blunders are a natural part of life and growing up. Davis displays her insight in the way she conceived and wrote the story. I enjoyed how she identified the specific emotions that Jake experienced after making mistakes. One example is when Jake gets home and lies about having homework because he fears making more mistakes, making the story relatable and relevant. This is a splendid book that encourages children to keep on trying and partaking in new experiences.