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Big Words for Little People

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by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell
     
 

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I know some Big Words.
I'll teach them to you.
Although you are small,
you can use Big Words too.

Big Words aren't scary.
They're big fun to learn.
I was taught once and now it's your turn.

The eighth hilarious picture book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell helps little people communicate in a

Overview

I know some Big Words.
I'll teach them to you.
Although you are small,
you can use Big Words too.

Big Words aren't scary.
They're big fun to learn.
I was taught once and now it's your turn.

The eighth hilarious picture book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell helps little people communicate in a big person's world. With grown-up words like cooperate, respect, patience and considerate, a big, boisterous and zany family celebrates the power of language and discovers that words—big or little—are the bridge that connects us all.

Editorial Reviews

Diminutive readers of this book will learn that some Big Words are bigger than others; words like "Cooperate," "Responsible," "Patience," "Appropriate," and "Empowered," for instance. In Big Words for Little People, Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Connell communicate (another Big Word) language that carry meaning that lasts a lifetime. Lively, funny, illuminating life lessons.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Throughout the trials and errors of growing up, children are bound to hear some big words from the adults around them-words that are big in size and in meaning. In rhyming verse, Curtis explains some of these important terms and just when young listeners might encounter them. "If you need some time/to just be alone,/for doing weird dancing,/to sit still as stone,/if someone is there/and you need to pee,/then say loud and clear, 'Hey, I need PRIVACY!'" Through the course of an average day, the spunky multicultural siblings depicted in Cornell's childlike watercolors encounter many other concepts, including "consequence," "cooperate," "appropriate," "patience," "family," "respect," and "love." Each word is highlighted in hand lettering by the illustrator. Some of the verses are awkwardly worded in order to complete the rhyme, but the author's fans are unlikely to care. More notably, Curtis once again demonstrates her trademark sensibility for childhood's simultaneously awkward and silly moments while focusing on the positive values learned from these experiences. Cornell keeps the tone ever lighthearted with her charmingly busy illustrations. This is a solid addition to any picture-book collection and a must-have where the author has a strong following.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Curtis's celebration of language is also a vehicle to teach young children how behaviors can affect communication. Whether a little one needs privacy in the bathroom or must deal with a consequence for exploding bubble gum in class, learning to be responsible and considerate helps one to cooperate. Clear, example-filled definitions balanced with Cornell's energetic drawings of active multiethnic children in familiar, everyday scenarios will have little ones developing their vocabulary with multisyllabic words like persevere and stupendous as they absorb the traditional golden rule of treating everyone with respect. Curtis concludes her theme with the one word all children understand, love, a little word with a huge significance. A gracefully appropriate addition to the duo's superb collection. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061127595
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
127,783
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis has had many firsts: her first (and only) marriage to Christopher Guest, her first time holding her children, Annie and Tom, her first time pretending to be a customer in an episode of Quincy, and her first time she wrote words that became her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, the first city she ever lived in, and is always first in line, first to arrive, first to leave, and first to sleep.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

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Big Words for Little People 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Curtis's celebration of language is also a vehicle to teach young children how behaviors can affect communication. Whether a little one needs privacy in the bathroom or must deal with a consequence for exploding bubble gum in class, learning to be responsible and considerate helps one to cooperate. Clear, example-filled definitions balanced with Cornell's energetic drawings of active multiethnic children in familiar, everyday scenarios will have little ones developing their vocabulary with multisyllabic words like persevere and stupendous as they absorb the traditional golden rule of treating everyone with respect. Curtis concludes her theme with the one word all children understand, love, a little word with a huge significance. A gracefully appropriate addition to the duo's superb collection. (Picture book. 3-6) Another one that I've enjoyed this week that's for older kids and the biggest kids of all (adults!) is: Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results
ReneeK1 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why I had bought this book. My son fights me on word and ABC books. Usually, unless there is a super hero involved he gets bored before we even make it past page 1 with learning word's and alphabet books. Sammy loves this book. I think it was the magician who captured his attention. He spells the words, point out and asks about the pictures and what is going on with each page. I have to rate this a five star plus book. My son was fully engaged through to the end.
.... Last night as we were cleaning up the dishes my son said to me "Mommy. You did a STUPENDOUS job on dinner tonight. It was SUPERB!".

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell deserve an award just for the fact my son picked up on what we were reading. The combination of exciting artwork and simple/ entertaining descriptions captured his attention. I just ordered 7 other books by Jamie and Laura.
cesteach More than 1 year ago
I read this book to a first grade class for the Rotary Read-In. The kids liked the challenge of the big words and were excited that they already knew some of them! They also loved examining the detailed illustrations to find out what was happening in each one. They were totally engrossed and laughed out loud often. It was a good choice to read and donate to that school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute book. Have bought Jamie lee Curtis books before and they granddaughters love them . Learning lessons without being preachy.
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Hannasgrammy More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for engaging stories and rhymes, along with outstanding illustrations by Laura Cornell, you can't go wrong with any of Curtis's books. "Big Words for Little People" is a charming and fun read and my 4 year old grandaughter and I study each of the illustrations as we read the book together, over and over! The first of Curtis' books that I purchased was "Is There Really a Human Race". I ended up ordering two more so each of my young grandchildren had a copy. That book has such an endearing story with a lovely message. Because of the message, and the verse, I read it aloud as part of a program that I did for a large group of adults that I supervise in my work life. I simply can't say enough good things about her books; I think I've purchased them all!
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Cheriann More than 1 year ago
We love reading this book to our 2 year old. She has pretty good language skills (she started full sentences when she was 18 mos), so this book does a good job of showing her different uses for big words. It has a sweet point at the end, too. Also, I love that Jamie Lee's wittiness shines through in her books. Filled with beautifully flowing, yet silly enough for kids, rhymes, this book is fun to read...in addition to being educational. We first checked it out from the library, then kept renewing it, so I decided that we had to have a copy of our own! We are also going to get some of her others because we liked this one so much!
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overtheocean2000 More than 1 year ago
At the IRA Conference in Atlanta in May, 2008, I had the privilege of hearing Jamie Lee Curtis read this book in draft form. I had tears right along with her when she came to "the biggest word of all". When I shared this book with my 2 year old, she had a ball learning the new words and enjoying the art work. I have also shared the book with a fifth grade class and a fourth grade class. As an ESL teacher, I think this book opens up a world of words to all students. I encourage teachers that I share this book with to have their students start their own book of "big words", an illustrated collection of words that they find interesting and significant. I then encourage them to share the book with others. Thank you, Jamie Lee Curtis, for encouraging everyone to not be afraid of "big words", but to embrace and celebrate them!
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dzmjam More than 1 year ago
This is a clever, well done book that is engaging, silly and educational. My 4 year old really enjoys this book. The illustrations are fun and playful. I love that it teaches kids new words, especially those that teach them about being a good person.
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Very fun book, the pictures and descriptions help children to understand big words in a realistic way.
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I use this book with my 5 and 6-year-old students. It is a great tool to use when talking about behavior. It also gives a visual for some of these "big words" that we want children to learn and live by!
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