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THIS IS ME: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell

THIS IS ME: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From - New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis and her longtime illustrator Laura Cornell. Their newest collaboration is a timely and joyful exploration of immigration and identity that asks the question, “What would you take?”

Imagine you were leaving for a new country, and could bring along only what fit in a small suitcase. In this picture book, various children—inspired by their remarkable teacher—talk about what they’d bring with them if they could only take one suitcase to their new home: photographs, a favorite book, grandfather’s beret. Which things do they love the most? What best expresses who they are? At the end, the question is posed to the reader: “What would you take? Which things would say to the world, this is me?” The book ends with a pop-up suitcase, which the child can then fill with his or her favorite things.

“THIS IS ME” will inspire discussion and help children understand where their family came from, what their ancestors brought with them and how that makes them, them.

Jamie Lee Curtis is the author of several best-selling children’s books that address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way. Jamie finds the inspiration for her writing all around her –in the experiences of her children, her godchildren, her friends—and of course in her own life. Jamie is also well known as an actress, with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda and the TV series Scream Queens. Jamie is the mother of Annie and Thomas and is married to actor/director Christopher Guest. They live in California. 

Laura Cornell is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of Laura’s include Big Words for Little People, Oh, Brother... Oh, Sister! (American Girl), and Is There Really a Human Race?. Best known for her work illustrating picture books by actress and celebrity author Jamie Lee Curtis, the artist has also created images for Sally Cook's Good Night Pillow Fight, Leah Komaiko's Leonora O'Grady and Annie Bananie, Sid Fleishman's The Ghost on Saturday Night, and Nancy Van Laan's Little Baby Bobby. Laura lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily and their two cats.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Pop edition (September 20, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

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