It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel

by Jamie Lee Curtis
ISBN: 0060080957

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A Review of: ItĘs Hard to Be Five
by Olga Stein

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell are making a habit of putting out great books for little ones. No exception, It's Hard to Be Five is full of text and illustrations which are both overtly funny and subtly witty-something adults will appreciate. Page 2, for example, reads at the top: "It's hard to be five. Just yelled at my brother." Below, on the left half of the page, under "My mind says do one thing", little Tommy, the five-year-old, describes the polite, kind and patient treatment he'd like to show his brother. But on the right side of the page, under the heading "My Mouth says another" we're shown the mean and loud things he can't help actually' saying. In kindergarten, Tommy can't stop himself from biting another boy because he has cut ahead of him in line, and circle time becomes a torture session as Tommy is forced to sit still. Cornell brilliantly captures the little tyke's travails, his agonized efforts not to fidget, with complementary text that goes: "Sitting still/Still sitting still/Still/Sitting/Still/[teacher shouts]Sit Still!" It's obvious that Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell love kids!

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