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Author: Jamie Lee Curtis

Illustrator: Laura Cornell

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Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: While thinking about life as a race, a child wonders whether it is most important to finish first or to have fun along the way. This is a book that helps kids not only undestand life, but idioms, too.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book for my daughter, and we shared it once, but she didn't want to read it again. She thought the pictures were funny. She liked when the one page shows all these babies that have just been born. They are all dressed up to be what their parents think they will grow up to be. There was one with a violin and another with a doctors bag.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was cute and easy to read, but I don’t think I would pick it up again. I thought it took the subject too far and made more of a deal about it then really needs to be.

Pros: Good rhyming text, bright colors, and children shown doing some kind of activity on every page will engage kids to explore this picture book about life.

Cons: None offered by this reviewer.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun book to share, and you can talk about all of the different things the kids are interested in. There is probably a copy at your local library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHEN I GROW UP   TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE NIGHT I WAS BORN   THE SAD MAD GLAD BOOK; The Anatomy of Your Attitude

Educational Themes: The story opens the door to talking with your kids about being true to themselves, pursuing their passions, and telling the truth - even when you don't want to. It also affirms that following your passion is a way to enjoy living.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009

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