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Because I'm Small Now And You Love Me: The World According To My Four-Year-Old Paperback – February 6, 2013
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From Sakura-Publishing: "Emmy award winning veteran CNN journalist Gina London has been a writer in some form or another since she was a girl. When she was 10, she wrote National Geographic World Magazine asking to learn about Egypt hieroglyphics. She and her fifth grade girlfriends then proceeded to pass notes written in that ancient code. When she was 17, she disagreed with a George Will column and wrote her first Letter to the Editor which was published in the Muncie Star. Much later, when she was a producer for Fox News in Washington, DC, Gina met Mr. Will and they shared a laugh as she told him how much his provocative writing had riled her. She was the editor of her high school newspaper in the tiny Indiana town of Farmland, where she grew up. The town’s tallest building was the grain elevator and her home was surrounded by corn and soybean fields. But her parents weren’t farmers. Her mom was an instructor at the nearby university and a terrific baker; her dad was a self-taught architect, oil painter, and pilot. He was also Gina’s softball coach and hero until he died suddenly in a plane crash just two weeks before Christmas when she was 11 years old. The tragedy of losing a loved one helped Gina be more empathetic and compassionate when she became a journalist and was often compelled to cover victims’ families like those from the Columbine high school shooting; the Oklahoma City bombing; 9-11; and from tornadoes and even other airplane crashes. During her days as a CNN anchor and correspondent, Gina also covered President Bill Clinton including the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to his impeachment. She then reported on the George W. Bush Administration including the 9-11 terrorist attacks with stories from New York and Washington, DC. Now, Gina is an internationally recognized communications expert whose work has taken her across the globe from Egypt to the UAE, to Cambodia, to Indonesia to Jordan to Romania to Macedonia and more. She has worked hand in hand with Iraqi women running for Parliament and Baghdad’s City Council, high-level women in the Persian Gulf committed to social change, and opposition party activists in Egypt. Her work in Egypt during the Hosni Mubarak regime led to her program being shut down, her life threatened and ultimately forced her to flee the country." Gina currently lives in Italy with her daughter Lulu and husband Scotty.
Top customer reviews
London's settings--various places Europe, and so forth--are exquisite, and fun to read about. But somehow, in between all of those marvelous backdrops,she manages to speak to "Any Mother" like she's on a direct feed to our imaginations, realities, and hearts.
I felt like I was reading about my own daily workings in life with kids but, well, with a funnier narrator. Her joy in life, in motherhood, the amazing quips of her little girl: they were refreshing, heartening, and made me feel like everyday life is, indeed, all on a stage. In other words, it made me feel downright triumphant about the extraordinary ordinariness of life, and about the strength of living in the moment.
She is a perfect raconteur, detailing every moment in a way that is like a symphony: I heard my life, her life, and all of the million odd (and ordinary) things that occur in our days in her book about Lulu. This is a positively life-embracing book, and literally had me laughing (or smiling) out loud all the way through. Brava, Ms. London!
We have all experienced the blunt honesty and innocent perspective of a child. Experiencing the world from a height of two feet, a child has unique point of view and they are eager to share their thoughts with anyone who will listen. Because they have yet to develop the filters that we expect as they grow, children verbalize their simple insights, emotions, needs and opinions in ways that often shock us but more often make us laugh despite ourselves.
I'm Small Now succeeds in capturing these precious and yet awkward moments and reminds us of the fleeting innocence of youth. While we cringe at Lulu's honest appraisals, demanding statements, and quizzical phrases, we also laugh out loud at her direct questions and desire to make sense of her world. Whether finding her place in the family, "Every day I'm your daughter, right?", understanding time and space, "Are you far away or close away?" or expressing her untarnished altruism, "It's nice to be good to them. 'Cause their all gonna die.", Lulu's appraisals, and Ms. London's brilliance in capturing the moments, provide a magical gift to the reader.
This wonderful book offers a beautiful and gentle hand-in-hand walk through childhood with a little girl who is discovering the world for the first time. And along the way if we are honest, we learn a little bit about ourselves.