When I Was Little (Hardcover)

A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

By Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, 9780060210786, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 1993

List Price: 17.99*
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“Exuberant—a winsome, upbeat work.” Publishers Weekly

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell perfectly capture a little girl's simple, joyous celebration of herself, as she looks back on her childhood from the lofty height of four and a half years.

This spirited view of growing up is perfect to share at home or in a classroom, as kids will respond to the exuberant pleasures of growing freedom and independence.

"When I was little, I could hardly do anything. But now I can do lots of things, like braid my own hair and go to nursery school. I'm not a baby anymore. I'm me!"

About the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis has had many firsts: her first (and only) marriage to Christopher Guest, her first time holding her children, Annie and Tom, her first time pretending to be a customer in an episode of Quincy, and her first time she wrote words that became her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, the first city she ever lived in, and is always first in line, first to arrive, first to leave, and first to sleep.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

Praise For When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

“Exuberant—a winsome, upbeat work.”
— Publishers Weekly