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When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth
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Published September 30th 1993 by HarperCollins
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Brigette
Apr 09, 2012 Brigette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I generally try to avoid books that are written by Hollywood celebrities because I feel that they often get published based solely on the person’s previously-achieved fame, but I was intrigued by what a four-year-old might put in her memoir. The cover gives a feeling that the little girl who will be telling us her story, has been crafting and especially, decorating a photo album or scrapbook. There is a picture of her in the middle of the cover, and odds and ends covering the border. The title p ...more
Shelby Wolfe
I love this book because it shows how much a child remembers from the previous year. It also shows that the little girl can now do things that she couldn't do the year before. This book would be great in the classroom because it would help children to see that just because they couldn't do something the year before doesn't mean that they won't be able to; as they get older they see that they will be able to
TAKISHIA
May 05, 2016 TAKISHIA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I Was Little is an autobiography of a little girl who shares the story of her life with the author. The story is told through the eyes of a four-year-old little girl is intended for ages of 4-8. This book is full of humorous insights of a four-year-old, from leaving the baby stages of her life to becoming more grown up at the age of four! This is a very playfully written book with watercolor illustrations are very colorful and the pictures cover the page in the background with the text prin ...more
Nicole
Nov 29, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picturebook gives the unique perspective of a four-year old looking back on her days as a baby and celebrating all of her accomplishments. The illustrations are childlike and nicely compliment the theme of the book. The medium used is watercolor paintings. About half of the images are full-bleed double page spreads while the other half are bordered in a non-distinct cloud of white background. The page that caught my attention was on the last double page spread opening. The text reads: When ...more
Ashley Frederick
Apr 03, 2012 Ashley Frederick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! And it's not because it is written by Jamie Lee Curtis, but that does add to it. What I liked most about this book was how well Curtis wrote it from a four year old's perspective. It is about a four-year-old looking back to what she used to do when she was "little". Even though four is still pretty little, if you think about it, at that age, we all could not wait to grow up. We want to be big kids and do what big kids do. What we didn't realize was that at the age of ...more
Diego Garcia
Sep 19, 2016 Diego Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book! The illustrations were very colorful and full of detail. The story is very simple but captures how a four-year-old would write a memoir. This would be a good story to introduce the concept of time and how people change over time. The simplicity of the story allows young readers to identify with the milestones that the four-year-old has reached. I would use this in my classroom if I was trying to get students to think about how they have changed. It could also ...more
Kiera Turner
Jun 19, 2014 Kiera Turner rated it it was amazing
I love this book by Jamie Lee Curtis! I think for this being her first book that she did very well! I love this book because every girl goes though that "I'm a big girl now" stage. I think this book would be great to read to Pre-K or Kindergarten students when discussing the theme growing and changing.
jenna nims
caroline really likes this book becasue it is about a four year old and she is four - she really identifies with the little girl and thinks the book was written especially for her
Laura
Feb 24, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Adorable illustrations and cute story!
Rosa Cline
Nov 11, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, baby-siblings, 2016, 2017
I was very impressed with this storybook as I read it to my special needs adult son. He and I both enjoyed the text and the illustrations. Told from a little girl's point of view (and according the illustrations to her younger sibling.) She refers to things 'she used to do' or things she 'couldn't do before' and then at the end of the book she says she didn't know what dreams were for, what family was for but now she does. Jamie Lee Curtis does a fabulous job with this storybook.
Ashleigh
Summary
This book is about a little girl and how she remembered herself when she was a baby. She compares many things that she did when she was a baby to things that she does now as a four-year-old.
Response
I gave this book a 3 star rating because even though it was a cute book it is really meant for younger children and I don’t think that I would be able to use it in my classroom. If I had a little girl that wasn’t in school I think that I would be able to read it to her. What I noticed most abo
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Tory Haberman
Nov 29, 2014 Tory Haberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old’s Memoir of Her Youth by Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrated by Laura Cornell is about how things changed from when she was a little baby up to her being four years old. She wasn’t able to do the things she is able to do now like paint her toe-nails, swim without floats, eat a variety of foods, etc. This book goes on to show that growing up can be fun and an everlasting experience to find out who you really are.

This is a great book for children to discover that g
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Reem
Apr 17, 2016 Reem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I Was Little is a story written by Jamie Lee Curtis about her four year old’s memoir. She telling a story about how things changed from when she was a little baby up to her being four years old. For example, she wasn’t able to do many thing, but now she is able to do it like paint her toe-nails, swim without floats, eat a variety of foods, etc. The author wants to show that growing up can be fun and adventure to find out who you really are. To talk about the design, the book is glossy where ...more
Kynshasa Mcdaniel
Oct 13, 2013 Kynshasa Mcdaniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors

I was a little hesitant on choosing this author because of her fame but I was pleasantly surprised by her books. I like how a lot of her books deal with children and how to deal with their emotions. This particular book focuses on a little girl remembering her younger days although she is only 4.




Jamie Le Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the child of hollywood legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She began her film career with such horror films as "Halloween" and "The Fog." In 1
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Jenna
Apr 19, 2016 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw who the author of this book was, I figured that it wouldn't be that great of a story because it was written by a famous person that is not famous for being an author. I found as I was reading that what I had previously thought was kind of true. Basically it is about a little girl that is four years old. She is looking back on her life and all of the things that she used to not be able to do, but that she was now able to do because she was now a 'big girl.' It shows how when you ...more
Katie Larson
The cover of this book is different then most young children's books. It is black, but what covers the page and the font makes the cover seem a lot more inviting and fun. The book has a landscape format and it works great for the full bleed pictures although there is also some bordered pictures. The pictures seem to be watercolor and be colored with the warm color palette. The font throughout the book is black and simple and varies in the areas on which is located. Each page is very repetitive s ...more
Savannah Work
Mar 30, 2014 Savannah Work rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors
"When I Was Little: A Four Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth" was one of my favorite books growing up. The illustrations are very colorful and interesting which maintains a child's interest. I feel that even though this book was published in 1995, it is still easy for children to relate to today.

Facts about the author: "When I Was Little: A Four Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth" was Jamie Lee Curtis' first book to be published, she was inspired in 1995 to write this book by her then four year-old dau
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Robert
Dec 03, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis goes on to explain the life of a four year old child. Each page begins with the words "When I was little" and follows either an action or thought she had as a child. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and help guide the reader to realize the wreck less thoughts and actions she encountered when the author was younger. Some actions include how she swam in the pool with boys, and even thought she was a boy. I feel a lot of girls were this way when they ...more
Jourdan Aanenson
Feb 12, 2010 Jourdan Aanenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: choice
This book was a book i was excited to read. I enjoyed all the color on the pages, and how each page looked like a little kid painted it. This book is so true, it talks about when you are a baby there isnt much you can do for yourself. When you are little everything seems so much bigger and better than it actually is. When you are a baby the littlest things can make you cry, laugh or smile. The little girl in the story learns that when she was a baby she thought everything was different. But in f ...more
Carmen Nibali
“When I was little” is a story about a four year old girl who is looking back on her life. In the story she remembers being little and not able to do much. the book puts in great perspective of growing up for children and how they may not be able to do it when their small but give it time and they will be able to accomplish anything. I enjoyed reading this book. I like how her memories of her not being able to do much turned into she could do anything like braid her own hair or walk to school. I ...more
Iman Tabbaa
Nov 29, 2012 Iman Tabbaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-about-me
This is book is about a little girl's journey through the last four and a half years. She talks about the things she couldn't do as a baby or when she wa syounger and the things she can do now as she is growing up. Now she tells secrets, braids her own hair, and goes to school.

This is a great book to read before doing My All About Me Mobile. Each child after hearing this story all about this 4 year old girl, will be provided a milk carton to decorate with things all about themselves and the thin
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Laura
Told from the perspective of a four-year-old looking back on her life, this book gets pretty humorous. I liked the concept and thought some of the memories were sweet. The illustrations were fairly busy - their color and pizzazz were all over the place. I would probably recommend this book.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2009...
Jennifer
Mar 30, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so adorable!! I have to take my hat off to Jamie Lee Curtis, actor turned author. She pours herself into her children's books with an authenticity that is all her own. This book truly sent me back down memory lane. This book could definitely serve as a great compare and contrast lesson in which students could compare the actions of the infant to the toddler and then even to themselves at their present age! Fun read and great illustrations!
♥ Susan
Aug 09, 2010 ♥ Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I love this book, the only thing I didn't like was the mention of no longer being in a carseat, when children need them up to age 12+ yrs, depending on height and weight. However, at the time this was written, child safety seat regulations were different and parents were less aware of the issue... I sometimes changed this line in the book as I read it.... Still LOVE J.L.C. -- she's one of my favorite childrens' book authors..
Felicia Tidwell taylor
Going all the way back through your youth can be amazing and fun.
Hayli Wrigley
I must say I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It is a neat idea though. I thought it would be interesting to have kids write about how they are different now from when they were babies, too. It would be a good way to show the students that they are "big kids" now and are held accountable for more things now.
Cheryl
Sep 20, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PreK-K
Shelves: picture-books, prek-k
Great for "all about me" study. I wish I could edit this book a smidgen. I don't like how she describes the baby's hair as "silly," and when reading aloud I will probably substitute "nursery school" with "school" ("now I go to school) for my audience. Good complement to Arthur Howard, "When I Was Five"
Sabeen
What a colorful book! i loved the illustrations very decorative and kept the readers attention, I think it is a great book to read a loud and talk to children about. At ages 3 and 4 they not come to realize they are not babies anymore and have individual roles. Its a great way to teach a child what they need to be doing or how to direct them towards autonomy,
Morgan
A great book about a girl who compares and contrasts what she can do now that she is older and what she could and could not do as a baby. This book is great for comparing and contrasting. I love the illustrations in this book. This book is not very educational but its more of a leisure read that I think any student could enjoy in the classroom.
Hannah
Apr 13, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good book for younger girls in the second-third grade age range. The little girl in the story is reflecting on what she used to do when she was little compared to what she does now that she is a "big girl." The illustrations were colorful, and it appeared to be done with water colors.
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Jamie Lee Curtis is a two-time Golden Globe-winning, BAFTA-winning, and Emmy-nominated American film actress and an author of children's books. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as Halloween (1978 film), The Fog, Prom Night (1980 film) and Terror Train, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that cover ...more
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