When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

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"When I was little, I could hardly do anything. But now I can do lots of things, like braid my own hair and go to nursery school. I'm not a baby anymore. I'm me!"Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell perfectly capture a little girl's simple, childlike celebration of herself, as she looks back on her childhood from the lofty height of four and a half years. This spirited view of growing up is perfect for the youngest readers.

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Overview

"When I was little, I could hardly do anything. But now I can do lots of things, like braid my own hair and go to nursery school. I'm not a baby anymore. I'm me!"Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell perfectly capture a little girl's simple, childlike celebration of herself, as she looks back on her childhood from the lofty height of four and a half years. This spirited view of growing up is perfect for the youngest readers.

A four-year-old describes how she has changed since she was a baby.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
Her rollicking enthusiasm is infectious, especially in the joyous, chaotic, colorful watercolors
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Life can be so much fun and Jamie Lee Curtis shares what it was like when she was a baby as compared to her advanced age of four. The adult author has successfully transformed herself, and her delightful reminiscences will amuse kids and adults. To whit, when she was little, she didn't understand time outs--now she does; when she was little, she "ate goo and yucky stuff"--but now she eats "pizza and noodles and fruit and Chee-tos." The illustrations are quite funny and this board book version will inspire even younger kids to talk about their lives as babies as compared to their current advanced years. 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
This story is written from the point of view of a four-year old. The author tells about when she was little, before preschool. The repeated pattern "When I was little..." would be easy for preschoolers and kindergartners to follow as a beginning writing experience. The pictures are delightful watercolors that are filled with many details. This book shows another dimension to the actress, Jamie Lee Curtis. 1995 (orig.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When a 4-year-old recalls her early years and philosophizes, that is funny! That's exactly what the narrator does in this creative tale. Kids of all ages will devour this. "When I was little, I didn't understand time outs. Now I do, but I don't like them." Families will be writing their own "When I Was Little" remembrances. The illustrations are wacky, fun and in keeping with the humor of the text.
Stephanie Zvirin
In her first book, Curtis capitalizes on the notion that kids love hearing about themselves as babies and takes it one delicious step further by having a four-year-old tell on herself. In a playful first-person narrative, the sprightly young miss describes the many ways she has left babyhood behind: no more "silly hair" or wearing "floaties" in the pool, no more eating "goo and yucky stuff." In keeping with the lively text, the watercolor illustrations are a congenial, colorful scramble, with many freewheeling, double-page spreads showing the little girl as both baby and preschooler. Despite the confusion this occasionally causes, the artwork's good humor perfectly matches the jaunty air of the words and beautifully captures the narrator, naughty and nice, happy and proud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060210786
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 316,474
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    Get this book for any 4 year old girl!!

    I bought this book for my 4 year old and we both love it. It is fun to read and she likes reading about how she used to be a baby, but now she is a big kid! The text is fantastic and the pictures are so funny! It is one of the books we always pull off the shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Must have for 5 year old girls

    My girls are 17 and 19 and I read this book to them every time they asked me to, which was often. Now that I have a 4 1/2 year old niece running around, I had to have a copy for her, too.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    This Grammy loves Jamie Lee Curtis Childrens' Books

    Can't say enough good things about this book and others by Jamie Lee Curtis. I've purchased nearly all of her books for my grandchildren. The stories are clever and insightful and the illustrations are awesome in each book. Reading them with the children is just pure fun!

    I highly recommend "Is there Really a Human Race" -- wonderful story with a moral. I used it with an adult audience too.

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