I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem

by Jamie Lee Curtis

Hardcover, 2002



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HarperCollins (2007), Edition: First Edition, 32 pages


A young girl learns to like herself every single day, no matter what.

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LibraryThing member eay2206
This is a great self esteem book. I feel like little girls need this read to them every night. The colors are bright and cheerful.

Ages 4 and up
3 books by the same author
LibraryThing member the_hag
I'm Gonna Like Me is a cute, engaging and esteem building book that is a pleasure to read. The age range listed for this is 4-8, but I really think this is one of those books that is a perfect read aloud (especially given that most kids up to age 8 can't read cursive and half the text/font is
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cursive) for 0-6, kids older than that probably aren't going to be as engaged in the message of the book, as was the case with my kids. My 6 year old loved it, but my 8 year old didn't enjoy the story as much, though she did enjoy pouring over the pictures with her brother (and reading him the badges and stuff) after the reading and they got a good chuckle out of all the zany and vivid imagery used.

In the end, the message given is one that is necessary, especially for younger children and would make for good story time discussion with kids ages 4-6 and maybe a little older...there's nothing intrinsically wrong with you if you get an answer wrong, someone doesn't like you or you get picked last. The message is that these things don't FEEL so great, but they don't affect who you are or your worth as a person and that is a strong, positive message. I give it 4 stars, a great message that can't be stressed enough to young children...to appreciate who you are and try all the things you wan to try because even when you're wrong, you learn from it!
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LibraryThing member WhitneyLeeTate
The story bounces back and forth between a little boy and a little girl. They describe how they are going to like themselves through good times and bad times. They say how even though they sometimes mess up its okay. And the best way to show that you are loved is to like yourself.

Very good book!
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Great way to help children with low self-esteem. Thought the illustrations were very cute and eye catching.

Could be used when someone in class seems to be having self-esteem problems. Also could be used when learning about emotions.
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LibraryThing member alswartzfager
This is my third book that I have read by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, and I love it! Every book that i have picked up by her has a great point and is wonderfully illustrated. This particular book is about a little girl and that no matter what happens to her, she still loves herself. This
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would be great in a classroom to discuss self-esteem and why everyone is different, but everyone is so special.
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LibraryThing member aswideman
This book would be for younger children to show that they need to always like themselves. God made everyone unique and different in their own way and they should always care and like who they are.
LibraryThing member TorrieM
I would use this book for K-2nd grade. This teaches children about self-esteem and how important it is to like yourself. That no matter what, even if you mess up or you are different, always love the person that you are.
LibraryThing member paroof
Good. I enjoyed it and it had a great message. However, it seemed just a bit over my just-turned-four-year-old's head. Of course he likes himself. He just didn't seem to get what they were talking about. I'll have to drag this one out again later on.
LibraryThing member ShellyCBuchanan
This is a cute parade of vignettes featuring an alternating pair, a boy and a girl, in scenes where they are feeling good about themselves and what that allows them to do on their own and with others. The reader enjoys seeing what it feels like when you try something new, write a get-well card for
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a friend and even do your chores. The action-packed and sometimes silly illustrations bring these ideas to life.
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LibraryThing member tnelson725
This is a realistic/contemporary fiction book that alternates between a boy and a girls narrative telling readers why they like themselves. The book rhymes and oftentimes one narrator will break off in the middle of a sentence to be continued with the other narrator.

Children will enjoy the rhyming
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and I really like the message that this book gives: That you should love everything about yourself.

For the classroom, I would have children make a list of five unique things about themselves that they love. They would then tell the class why they like themselves.
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LibraryThing member jaimie919
A little boy and girl wake up and talk about their day. No matter what they do they are going to like themselves. This is a wonderful book to teach about self esteem. It shows children that you should always like yourself and not care what people think.
LibraryThing member Gedell2
I'm Gonna Like me talks about liking yourself no matter what. Showing children that your not as fast as another child or that you may not get picked for a team its okay as long as you like yourself and know who you are. This book will help me to teach children of ages 4yrs on about self esteem and
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liking yourself just the way you are. I want to teach children they don't need to change to fit in just be true to yourself and everything else will be okay. This is a book I read to my daughter it help to build young children confidence in themselves.
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LibraryThing member Heidi_Ruckle
This is a fun book about loving yourself. The illustrations are colorful and beautiful.
LibraryThing member scifaldi
Picture friendly book that has a great message.
LibraryThing member bethjones
this book is about a little boy who despite what anyone says he is going to like himself even if others don't.
ages 4-7
source amazon
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
"I'm gonna like me / when I jump out of bed, / from my giant big toe / to the braids on my head." So begins the sing-songy narrative of this affirmational picture-book from celebrity author Jamie Lee Curtis, which encourages the child reader to like him or herself, even when (inevitably) mistakes
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are made. The rollicking rhymes, in which a boy and girl alternate sharing how they like themselves, are paired with bright artwork from illustrator Laura Cornell, who has worked on a number of other picture-books with Curtis.

I was of two minds, when it came to reacting to I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. I'm always a little leery of celebrity-authored children's books, as I often feel that their publication owes far more to the fame of the author, than to any merit in the story. I'm also wary of the seemingly inescapable self-esteem narrative that one sees everywhere, in books for the young, as I feel it often prioritizes feeling over reason and ethics. All that said, although I was largely indifferent to both text and artwork here, I can't say there was anything particularly wrong with them. The rhyming text reads well enough, and the colorful artwork is energetic and attention-grabbing - both factors that contribute to the making of a good story-time selection. The message is anodyne - not quite as narcissistic feeling as some others (I'm looking at you, I Like Myself!), but not particularly powerful or inspiring either. A happy book - which is perfectly fine, even if it didn't make me especially happy.

In short: tastes vary (as do views on the matter of inculcating self esteem!), so if you're in the market for upbeat self affirmation, this might be the one for you...
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Physical description

32 p.; 10.25 inches


0060287616 / 9780060287610
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