Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Celebrity Pick: Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is a Hollywood Actress who started writing children's books in 1995. There hasn't been a book of hers that I haven't liked. She partners with illustrator Laura Cornell, and the illustrations have become like a trademark for the pair as all of the books have a similar style. The stories are really well written, and it's obvious that they are both mothers themselves.

Laura Cornell's illustrations are so detailed, you need to take several minutes looking at each picture to read all of the details she writes in the illustrations separate from the actual story to figure out the personalities and interests of each character. And if you don't have several minutes for each page at one time, it's perfect for parent's whose children make them read the story over and over again because you can notice something different every time you
have to read it.

Their most recent book (2006) Is There Really a Human Race? is a book about a literal human race. (Which sort of reminds me of the hilarious Amelia Bedelia books...or shall I say Abedelia Bedelia which is how my husband pronounces it.)

New York Times Bestseller book of 1998 is Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day. For all of those moody children out there and people like me...yes I admit I'm moody...this book explains many of the different moods one can have and that it's OK!

I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self Esteem (2002) helps children learn positive ways to look at themselves and some not-so-pleasant situations they may find themselves in with a new perspective. Life is full of experiences, good and bad, and all of those experiences can teach us things about ourselves, others and our world.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (2000) is a story specifically written for children who have been adopted. Jamie Lee Curtis adopted both of her two children and wrote this book from the adopted child's perspective. All children want to believe that they are special and want to hear about how their life began...whether they are adopted or not. If your child is adopted and details of his/her early days aren't available, the child would probably still love to hear about when his/her adopted parent's first laid eyes on them!

Three additional books are:
It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel (2004); Where Do Balloons Go? (2000); And another New York Times Best Seller...When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth (1995).

All of the books mentioned above would be great for any child 3 years old and above. If you have a four or five year old or know one, they would probably love the books specifically written for four and five year olds because of their "I'm not a baby anymore" phase. They're often so proud of how old and grown up they're getting.

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