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

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


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When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

“Exuberant—a winsome, upbeat work.” Publishers Weekly

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell perfectly capture a little girl's simple, joyous 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 to share at home or in a classroom, as kids will respond to the exuberant pleasures of growing freedom and independence.

"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!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064434232
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/07/1995
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 215,855
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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When I Was Little 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
the_hag on LibraryThing 2 days ago
You know, this is my least favorite read by Curtis and Cornell thus far...and I'm actually of two minds about it. On one hand, it's got all the trademark things we love about her books - wonderful illustrations that are zany, vivid and almost a story in-and-of themselves, and text that is both silly and hits home with kids. I simply adore the idea of a four year old and her Memoir...that's such an unexpected thing, but it's charming and adorable at the same time! I think that this book is an excellent springboard for a larger lesson on memories; giving parents and/or teacher the opportunity to challenge their young readers (or listeners) to make their own memoir in a similar vein or leading to discussion about what the kids in a reading group/story time remember from when they were "still little." On the other hand, it's got reference to junk food (by name even...Captain Crunch, Cheetoes, ect..) and it give the message that by age 4 they won't have to ride in a car seat which simply isn't true...here in Ohio, kids have to be 4'9" before they can be without a child safety seat, this is NOT a good message for kids to be getting. Overall, I give it four stars, as I said, it'd make a great spring board for additional activities in reading, writing, drawing and a fantastic place to go from for discussion about growing and changing with young children...but the "product placement" and child seat thing make me less than happy with this book as a parent. I suspect with a subtle correction about oh...how silly, you have to be X years old, or X tall or weight X amount, the car seat thing is easy to overcome and the product placement...well, if kids have already been given proper eating information and have a healthy diet at home, the knowledge that they CAN eat Captain Crunch or Cheetoes every now and then is probably not too terrible a message for kids to get.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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