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I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem Hardcover – July 31, 2007
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The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why "I'm gonna like me." (Girl: "I'm gonna like me / when I'm called on to stand. / I know all my letters / like the back of my hand." Boy: "I'm gonna like me / when my answer is wrong, / like thinking my ruler / was ten inches long.") The call and response continues through the action-packed day, as the kids get up, go to school, have lunch, go to a birthday party, etc., until they finally get tucked in--so no opportunity for building self-esteem gets overlooked.
Young readers will like Curtis's words and the rhythmic repetition, but it's Cornell's scribbling, reminiscent of the New Yorker's Roz Chast, that makes the book stand out. From an imagined fashion-show runway walk (love that snooty fashion press) to a hilarious lunch table spread (got to get some of that "Cup o' Lettuce" and "Pork by the Foot" for your Doris Day lunch box), Cornell fills the book with funny faces and lots of laughs (the best of which might be the girl's pet turtle working out in a cage with a treadmill, next to a book titled "Exercising Your Illegal Turtle"). (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
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Top Customer Reviews
the title. I screw up and miss the mark more often than I wish in life, and my self-esteem stays intact (finally!) Here Jamie gets to the point and relays the often-misunderstood definition of self-esteem in a way that kids can understand: our innate worth (self-esteem) is just a fancy-schmancy term for self-love, and it is separate from the quality of our achievements, other people's opinions, criticism or praise of us, or having character defects which need improvement (a lifelong challenge for humans.) Keeping it simple is often the best approach, which is why I love to look at children's books for personal reminders. By the way, lest anyone mistake this for a psychology text, it is not. It is a children's book. Fun. Simple. Charming. A joy and a pleasure.
You can never praise your kids too much. You can never give your kids enough positive reinforcement. Life is rough enough without parents adding to it. Give your kids hugs, tell them that you love them, and tell them that they are worthy of love and respect. You can NEVER give your kid enough emotional support.
This book has an awesome message and I highly recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We've gotten several of Jamie Lee Curtis' books. We enjoy them all. This one is good, but not as strong as ones like "Today I Feel Silly". Still a great read.Published 3 months ago by Russell
Didn't love this. I passed it on after one read. It seemed a little desperate and one page talked about sharing our lunches which might be problematic for kids in school..Published 3 months ago by zzlou
The occupational therapist in me fell in love with this book and the self acceptance of the heroine for herself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am very pleased with all of Jamie Lee Curtis books. They are written with rhymes that hold children's attention but also there are values or lessons to be learned.Published 6 months ago by me
I love all of Jamie Lee Curtis's books. She is a wonderful author with a great message in her stories. This one is no different. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LilyBelle