Is There Really A Human Race


While thinking about life as a race, a child wonders whether it is most important to finish first or to have fun along the way.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Good rhyming text, bright colors, and children shown doing some kind of activity on every page will engage kids to explore this picture book about life.

Content Awareness Factors:

None offered by this reviewer.

Little Kid Reaction

I picked this book for my daughter, and we shared it once, but she didn't want to read it again. She thought the pictures were funny. She liked when the one page shows all these babies that have just been born. They are all dressed up to be what their parents think they will grow up to be. There was one with a violin and another with a doctors bag.

Parent Reaction

This was cute and easy to read, but I don’t think I would pick it up again. I thought it took the subject too far and made more of a deal about it then really needs to be.

Type of Book:
This is a book that helps kids not only undestand life, but idioms, too.
Educational Themes:

The story opens the door to talking with your kids about being true to themselves, pursuing their passions, and telling the truth - even when you don't want to. It also affirms that following your passion is a way to enjoy living.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a fun book to share, and you can talk about all of the different things the kids are interested in. There is probably a copy at your local library.

Title Is There Really a Human Race
Author Jamie Lee Curtis
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2006
Illustrators Laura Cornell
ISBN 9780060753467
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family
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