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

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 0.5 x 11.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
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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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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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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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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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This is a very cute book, and I have given it to kids (no less than 3 years) as gifts before. It is written in rhyme and the illustrations have a lot going on. My three year old loves to talk about the different things on each page. However, I gave it only 4 stars instead of five because some of the rhymes seem forced and the message at the end doesn't make sense with all of the prior pages. (i.e. A first tummy flu doesn't happen because you are "brave strong and true."). I don't like it as much as Curtis and Cornell's other book, My Mommy Hung the Moon.
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Jamie Lee Curtis has a way with her words that brought my listeners into the book. My Brave Year of Firsts allowed my students to think about things they did the first time at home and in school. This book allowed the class to have a class discussion that all could be involved in. After our discussion each student wrote about their something they did for the first time and how they felt. This book allows for imagination and creativity.
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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.

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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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