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When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth Paperback – 1 Sep 1995

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (1 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064434230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064434232
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 25.5 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2014
Format: Paperback
Reading this book with my four year old granddaughter was such a joy. She could relate to almost every part of this story. For those of you who are put off by the car seat situation. We discussed that she had a big girl car seat not the baby kind of car seats. That did it for her, and she was not at all surprised. It gave is a chance to talk about all the different kinds of car seats

The relatable aspects of this book, the wisps of hair and silly hair if a baby, and now the long beautiful hair that needs to be washed and brushed very often. We talked about the knots that sometimes occur in her hair, and how her mommy works the knots out very carefully. She is getting ready for a ballet recital and needs to wear her hair in a top knot,so we discussed how test would look. We talked about the found she lines now, especially pizza and chocolate ice cream. Weekdays are for treats, so she gets to have dessert on a weekend, and often her playmates and their parents go out for pizza on Friday nights. We discussed how much fun it is to be four and to talk in full sentences, to be able to run and play on the equipment at the gym. So many reasons to love being four, and so many reasons to want to be five, and a little scary. The illustrations are vivid and bright and depict all the activities discussed.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-14-14
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A real treat 11 Sep 2000
By Xeneri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful idea! It's a celebration of kid-hood (vs baby-dom), about a girl who looks back on her childhood from the grand old age of four and a half years and marvels at all the things she can do now. Like braid her hair, go to school, eat pizza and paint your toes (bubblegum) pink.
It's infectious and a real treat! Great to give to an older child who may be feeling a bit left out now that a new baby has invaded the household.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
For once it's not about the baby! 14 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The pictures are great fun. If you have to read the book 20 or 30 times, it helps to have something new peek at you out of those rich pictures every once in a while. And I love the story too. This book is about being a big kid, versus a being a baby. Too many new sibling books make the new baby the subject. I think most new big siblings have had just about enough of those darn babies. And it's funny. My daughter and I disagree about what's really happening in the picture that goes with the part about time-outs, but we both think it's funny.
44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Cute, but... 8 Dec 2005
By Jennifer E. Burch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have to agree with some other reviewers. I just had a really hard time getting past no car seat (and riding up front!) for a 4 year old. What an awful example! I also took real issue with the idea that Cheetos and Captain Crunch are things 4 year olds should be eating.

As adorable as the illustrations and part of the text are, any book where I have to change a good portion of the words when reading aloud is a big NO to me.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A favorite 19 Feb 2000
By Missy Rinaldi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We just love this book! We read it over and over again, always finding something new. My two yr old loves the part about "painting toenails bubblegum pink." I think for all babies making that transistion from baby to toddler, to big sister or big brother, this is a terrific book. Superbly illustrated and well written, the author really gets to the toddlers level in her desciptions. My toddler really relates!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Something every child could relate to! 9 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the first year that I am teaching first grade. I read this book to my class then asked them to draw a picture of what he or she remembered from when they were little. Every child had an idea! As the students were drawing pictures I asked them about their memory and wrote a sentence or two for them to copy (this was only the third week of first grade). The parents will love to see these at conferences! A Fun book and a great writing prompt!
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