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My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives Hardcover – September 4, 2012


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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061441554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061441554
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Jamie Lee Curtis is the author of eight best-selling children's books that address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way. Jamie finds the inspiration for her writing all around her - in the experiences of her children, her godchildren, her friends - and of course in her own life. Her first book, When I Was Little, was sparked by her then-four-year-old daughter's boast that she was no longer "little." Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, a celebration of adoption and the start of a new family, was inspired by the adoption of her own children. And as an author, of course Jamie loves big words and knows that words have power. Her latest book, Big Words for Little People, gives young children the knowledge and power of their own "big words." All of Jamie's best-selling picture books are illustrated by Laura Cornell: Big Words for Little People; Is There Really A Human Race?; It's Hard To Be Five: Learning How To Work My Control Panel; I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off A Little Self Esteem; Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery; Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day; Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born; and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth. Jamie is also well known as a film actress, with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. Jamie is the mother of Annie and Thomas and is married to actor/director Christopher Guest. They live in California.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
New York Times Bestselling team, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell deliver another fun-filled adventure as a young child becomes brave enough to try new things, and feels better about herself for doing so. This captivating story designed for age four and up encourages children to be brave and try to make a new friend, ride a bike for the first time, or love a new dog, and much more. The author conveys what growing-up is all about, points out that it's not an easy journey, but that the learning experience is worth every moment. This delightful children's book is easy-to-read, funny, and filled with colorful illustrations. Young children enjoy stories that not only make them laugh, but encouraging stories to enhance their self-esteem, and self-respect. We all learn through experience, and practice makes perfect as portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis. Entertaining, enjoyable, and educational. Highly Recommended for young readers, teachers, and child-care providers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on January 10, 2013
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Funny, messy, exuberant and sometimes a little gross, this picture book details many "firsts" of a first grade girl: first day at school, first new friends, first horse-riding lesson, first library card. I didn't love this book as much as Curtis' earlier efforts, but it still makes a nice addition to any "first day of school" collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renee D. Cybul on March 10, 2013
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Great book to encourage kids to try new things, deal with failures, and celebrate successes. Jamie Lee Curtis nailed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bee on March 12, 2013
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We now talk about our "firsts" because we are all more aware of all the many "firsts" in our lives every day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. BOLES on March 4, 2013
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Couldn't decide if it was really age appropriate for a child facing 'firsts' but it was a fun read. I will keep it at my house and hopefully, the grands will see it and read it, without being told/encouraged' to read it. Then perhaps they will think about it w/o resisting some of the firsts they must face throughout grade school years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pink on January 18, 2013
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My children really enjoyed this book about first times. I am very happy with the purchase a great read for children with bright colorful pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By twingletonmom on November 13, 2012
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I think this is a well-written and thought out book. My twins are in Kindergarten & it's a tough time for them, transitioning to "big kid" world of being in school. I like that this book emphasizes that you won't succeed every time, but the point is to get back up and keep going. Great in teaching self-respect and perseverance.
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I agree with what many reviewers have posted about the content, but I was uncomfortable with the forced rhyming...beginning with the title and sighs/fives. Others include steam/screamed; boast/gross; in/twins; trot/stop; cats/habitat; stems/them; signed/time; fear/cheered.

The other jarring inconsistency is in the rhythm of the story. The first double-spreads were fine, but then there was too much variation from the pattern set in those opening pages.

-Hope Irvin Marston, author of EYE ON THE IDITAROD: AISLING'S QUEST
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