Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell

Lexile    Not Rated          Pages    40          Ages     4-7
AR Quiz No. 127019 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

I loved this book! It's funny and it can be slightly irreverent, but each 2-page spread has a lesson within a lesson. Not only does it expand your child's vocabulary, the words chosen convey principles that our children need to learn in their journey to becoming productive members of society - privacy, consequence, cooperate, persevere, respect and inappropriate to name a few.

Ms. Curtis also explains how a little word can have a BIG meaning - "Love is your family, your siblings, your friends.  Love is your ocean without any end."  Not all big words are big!

Laura Cornell's illustrations are brilliant! While some might find them a little busy, if you look closely you'll find all sorts of fun. You can use them as a search and find puzzle - in the classroom scene on the page spread for "consequence" you'll find a sign for a missing frog and her seven tadpoles. Upon closer inspection you will find them hiding in various places around the room.  Some of the humor is geared more toward the adults - "'I'm RESPONSIBLE,' you say when you pick up your toys" and all parents should recognize the picture of toys, all marked as "mine" or "not mine." Sound familiar? : )

Big Words for Little People is the eighth book by the Curtis/Cornell team and I think it's a real winner! You can find it at the Lake County Public Library or with your library card number and PIN, you can click here http://tinyurl.com/7ms3m57 and reserve a copy for quick pick-up from the Circulation Desk at your favorite branch.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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