Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People is a book that celebrates language, children, and empowerment.  The book is reviewed by Sweet on Books.

What you need to know:

• Big Words for Little People celebrates language, children and empowerment.
• Here at Sweet on Books we try very hard to find books for you, our readers, that you wouldn’t ordinarily find on
your own. We are aware that the Jamie Lee Curtis/Laura Cornell books do not seem to fit into that category, as they
are not hurting for marketing. However, we highlight them in case there are any cynics out there who might dismiss
them as “celebrity” dribble. These books are much too good to pass up.
• Big Words for Little People is the eighth Curtis/Cornell collaboration, altogether a winning group of works by two
clearly talented artists.

Sweet Book Summary:

Big Words for Little People is about empowerment according to the author/illustrator’s website.  I agree, but I believe you can read this enjoyable story on two levels.  Firstly, it can be read simply to learn new, big words. After one reading, my 3 year old told me his Mac & Cheese was “stupendous”!  This gave him a feeling of confidence and gave me a chuckle.  And if we stop right there, it was a worthwhile read. But I think the second level you can read this on is even more valuable.  As with all of the Curtis/Cornell books, there are many universal truths addressed in this book that young children will immediately relate to and learn from.  For example, how to ask for “privacy”.  Another is the example they use to describe “impossible”, which is a harried mother looking for her keys while the twins are refusing to eat.  I know my children would find much comfort in knowing other moms lose it sometimes, too!  However, how you choose to enjoy this story is up to you, but do make sure to enjoy it.

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