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My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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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
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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
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
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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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on September 3, 2014
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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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on April 3, 2013
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Our daughter is almost 6 and in Kindergarten. I got this book to read to her and her little Daisy Scout friends at the next meeting. Reading this book was fun right from the second we started because the opening line about mom filming the child with the Iphone is exactly like what happens to my daughter. It is more centered around the first grade experience, but we could easily relate. Most of the experiences were things we have done or would do. I found it so sweet that I got choked up a bunch of times.
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on December 28, 2012
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JLC is incredible approaching these subjects on a childs level because I know my kids who are 6 and 9 want to read them on their own. This one was for my 6 year old. IMPO you can't go wrong with these books.

I was thinking a book about dealing with not so nice friends would be great but for those I go to the 'American Girl' series and they have everything covered. No the AG books have nothing to do with the dolls.

Cheers
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