Is There Really a Human Race?
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Is There Really a Human Race?

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by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell
     
 

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Is there really a human race?

Is it going on now all over the place?

When did it start?

Who said, "Ready, Set, Go"?

Did it start on my birthday?

I really must know.

With these questions, our hero's imagination is off and running. Is the human race an obstacle course? Is it a spirit? Does he get his own lane? Does he get his own coach?

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Is there really a human race?

Is it going on now all over the place?

When did it start?

Who said, "Ready, Set, Go"?

Did it start on my birthday?

I really must know.

With these questions, our hero's imagination is off and running. Is the human race an obstacle course? Is it a spirit? Does he get his own lane? Does he get his own coach?

Written with Jamie Lee Curtis's humor and heart and illustrated with Laura Cornell's worldly wit, Is There Really a Human Race? Is all about relishing the journey and making good choices along the way—because how we live and how we love is how we learn to make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Editorial Reviews

Jamie Lee Curtis's stellar film and TV acting career might have attracted some parents to her early children's books, but there is no mistaking that their phenomenal popularity is being fueled now by the unbridled enthusiasm of the small set. Curtis's sprightly stories mesh perfectly with the lively informality of Laura Cornell's artwork. In Is There Really a Human Race?, they pose a question of undeniable significance in a pleasingly peculiar way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060753467
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
203,092
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(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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Is There Really a Human Race 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has many good points concerning children, but also concerning how parents might do things differently as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I really, really enjoyed the prose and illustrations, and so did my grand-nieces. The message is also very clear. My older nephew kept trying to explain the 'race' and offered his own advice based on the questions asked by the book's babies. I think Jamie Lee has done another wonderful job of imparting loving philosophy while entertaining the youngest hearts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Is There Really a Human Race?', the seventh collaboration between the bestselling kids¿ lit super duo of actress-turned-author Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell, begins with a curious young boy begging the titular question of his mother. What follows is an allegorical exploration of the difference between the more literal meaning of running a race and that metaphorical footrace that adults know as life. Along the way, readers old and young alike are treated to Cornell¿s delightful artistic renderings of cherub-faced infants and toddlers donning sportswear and training for life¿s big race, their tiny chests emblazoned with their racer¿s number, while Curtis¿ lyrical prose gives authentic voice to the anxiety of childhood competition. For cynics who dismiss the talent needed to create engaging and entertaining children¿s literature, 'Is There Really a Human Race?' proves that there is tremendous heart-and-soul insight beneath the whimsical water-colored drawings and rhyming snippets of words. The message that life should not be measured in awards and winnings but rather in the choices we make and the hands that we lend to others along the way is an adult one. That Curtis and Cornell can present such a mature concept in such an engagingly simple way as to allow young minds to wrap themselves around it is no small feat and speaks admirably of their ample talent as creators of quality children¿s literature. For the denizens of Curtis and Cornell¿s luck-number-seven tome, it¿s all about the human connections we make and how we make them that counts in the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Jamie Lee Curtis's books. I am a teacher and use her books for lessons and for fun reading. The illustrations are always fun and I love the books as much as the students.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I just turned 24! It was very befitting of recent changes in my life, and of who I am. It'd recommend this book for anyone of any age.