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Big Words for Little People Hardcover – September 9, 2008
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I know some Big Words.
I'll teach them to you.
Although you are small,
you can use Big Words too.
Big Words aren't scary.
They're big fun to learn.
I was taught once
and now it's your turn.
The eighth hilarious picture book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell helps little people communicate in a big person's world. With grown-up words like cooperate, respect, patience and considerate, a big, boisterous and zany family celebrates the power of language and discovers that words—big or little—are the bridge that connects us all.About the Author
Jamie Lee Curtis loves big words but doesn't know how to spell many of them. She adores her family life, which includes the amazing Annie, the miraculous Tom and the hilarious and loving Christopher. She advocates for children around the world and appreciates her friends, family and colleagues. She lives in stunning and sunny southern California with her rotund dog, Frances.
A Look Inside Big Words for Little People (Click on Images to Enlarge)
|"I Know Some Big Words..."||"Perseverance Is to Try and to Try..."|
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Throughout the trials and errors of growing up, children are bound to hear some big words from the adults around them—words that are big in size and in meaning. In rhyming verse, Curtis explains some of these important terms and just when young listeners might encounter them. "If you need some time/to just be alone,/for doing weird dancing,/to sit still as stone,/if someone is there/and you need to pee,/then say loud and clear, 'Hey, I need PRIVACY!'" Through the course of an average day, the spunky multicultural siblings depicted in Cornell's childlike watercolors encounter many other concepts, including "consequence," "cooperate," "appropriate," "patience," "family," "respect," and "love." Each word is highlighted in hand lettering by the illustrator. Some of the verses are awkwardly worded in order to complete the rhyme, but the author's fans are unlikely to care. More notably, Curtis once again demonstrates her trademark sensibility for childhood's simultaneously awkward and silly moments while focusing on the positive values learned from these experiences. Cornell keeps the tone ever lighthearted with her charmingly busy illustrations. This is a solid addition to any picture-book collection and a must-have where the author has a strong following.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Top customer reviews
Jamie Lee Curtis is known for writing exciting new books that leave messages of learning and lessons. In this book she writes in rhyme, and the sequence is delightful. The words she chooses all have relevance and will expand your child's universe. Words like Privacy, Consequence, Cooperate and Patience. Parents/teachers will open up many discussions with the children they read to. Your child will practice the word and want to use it in a sentence. Do not be surprised if your child asks for Privacy in the days after reading this book. Your children will be so proud of the words they have learned and learned to use. The illustrations by Laura Cornell are bright, vivid and colorful! depicting all the words and sequence of events that led up to the use of these words. This will be such a fun time for everyone.
Recommended. prisrob 05-15-14
My daughter loves this book. Since the first night we read it before bed, she's had me read it every evening or before nap for a week straight. She has a hard time pronouncing some of the words, but she tries. She's also getting better with word association because we had fun with it in this book. Whenever I say "disgusting" she always responds with "yucky" or "ick". 8)
I'm now going to take a second look at the books by JLC when we go to the bookstore and am thinking about getting Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day. I'm very pleased with my purchase and would recommend these books to any parent who has a child that enjoys picture books.
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