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It's Hard to be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel    by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell order for
It's Hard to be Five
by Jamie Lee Curtis
Order:  USA  Can
Joanna Cotler, 2004 (2004)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Though the verses don't always rhyme, the sentiments soar and the illustrations rock in It's Hard to be Five : Learning How to Work My Control Panel.

It begins with the negatives ... 'It's hard to be five. / I'm little no more. / Good old days are gone. / 'Bye one two three four.' Parents and teachers will especially relate to 'my mind says do one thing, my mouth says another' and will find the 'sitting so still' sequence hilarious.

But it's also 'fun to be five!' and we get that side of the story too, hearing 'And when I mess up or do right, it's a start, / 'cause I have my own mind / And I have my own heart.'

Know a five-year-old or an almost-five? Read and enjoy this one together. It is hard to be five, but it's full of fun and possibilities too.

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