A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Encourages kids' big questions and big imaginations while promoting cooperation and a more harmonious way of living.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that nothing harmful is presented in this book -- the message is fun, wholesome, and energetic.
Is It Any Good?
Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell have teamed up to create a wonderfully energetic book with a solid, wholesome message for us all. The message is told more effectively by the illustrations than by the somewhat sing-songy poetry. The first page sets up the question clearly and boldly: "Is there really a human race?" Seemingly a play on words, the immensity of this question reverberates throughout the rest of the book as the boy ponders various implications of the word "race."
Drawings and words combine effectively to take the reader through the pressures and complications of humans racing, all of which the boy realizes may end in a crash. He concludes we should all slow down, do our best, and work with one another. The symmetry of this story is amazing, the illustrations remarkable, and the message refreshing.
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