Is There Really a Human Race?

HI Friends!  Yes, here it is Friday already! Seems like they come round faster and faster. As you know Susan and I are on blog tour with our latest picture book, Edmund Pickle Chin, a Donkey Rescue Story. Here are the stops, I sincerely hope you travel with us. The blogs are good ones to follow and if you comment on each stop and live in US you’ll win both of my picture books; both “Annie’s Special Day” and “Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story.” PLus you’ll have a super good idea of what we hope to accomplish with this book, how we want to introduce it to teachers and what it is about. Can’t beat that! Then,  I’ll tell you about my Perfect Picture Book Friday Selection. I think you’ll agree it’s a good one. 🙂

Last Monday/ you can go back and comment/May 26 / Animal abuse and mistreatment

Joanna –

Last Wednesday/ no it’s not too  late to read and comment/May 29/ Author collaboration

Stacy –

Today! This very day!  /May 30/ PPBF and Review  


June 2–Monday–Author Interview

Erik –

Wednesday/June 4/ Edmund interview

Patricia –

Monday/June 9 /Teacher info and guide

Susanna –

So now for the reason for this blog post. A Perfect Picture Book Friday Selection.

IS there really a human race book cover_Title: Is There Really a Human Race?

Author/ Illustrator: Jamie Lee Curtis/ Laura Cornell

Publishing info: Joanna Cotler books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, 2006, fiction

Themes: Stories in Rhyme, Conduct of life, normal childhood experiences, humor


Teacher guides, activities. Summary from Jacket: 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.

First Three Sentences: IS there really a human race? Is it going on now all over the place? When did it start? Who said, “Ready, Set, Go”?

Why I love it: This book is a book with rhyming and rhythmic questions from the beginning to end. A poem of questions. The questions come from a small boy who has lovable red hair and a marathon number which might be the census number, so right away you know what kind of race he’s asking questions about. The questions lead finally to answers so human and full of love that the reader is stunned into reading it again at a slower clip, and, looking more carefully at the fantastic illustrations. My favorite illustration is the Arab and Jew playing ‘go fish’ on a picnic bench. A small vignette.

Do you think you will like this book?

To go to all the fun of all Susanna   Leonard Hill’s post go this link and check out the linky link of titles.

Have a great weekend!

See you next Tuesday! And see you on tour!

(c) 2014 Clarbojahn, aka Clara Bowman-Jahn, aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn

About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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27 Responses to Is There Really a Human Race?

  1. I think I would like this book quite a lot! The thought of life as a race is an interesting one. These days I like to take my days at a slow pace and savor the time. Thanks for sharing!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Rhythm!

      I”m the same way. I Like to smell the roses. But th is book is full of Philosophcal questions with answers for children. wish I had it still for another look. 🙂


  2. This sounds like a real charmer. Good luck with your blog tour!


  3. “Who said, Ready, set, go.” What a great opening question!
    Best of luck and success to you and Susan with Edmund!


  4. Joanne Sher says:

    Looks like a fun one 🙂 May have to give it a look. Thanks for sharing!


  5. You find some real gems. Such a big concept for children. I love the theme. Thanks!


  6. Margot Finke says:

    Jamie Lee Curtis is the well know actress – right? Unlike some from her field, she has been hailed as doing a wonderful job. This PB looks like another winner, and I have pinned it to my Book Reviews (Kids to YA) on Pinterest. The cover art is a delight. Hope your Book Tour is sailing along in fine style Clar. Will pop over there today and take a peek. 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Margot!

      Yes, Jamie Curtis is also an actress as well as an author. I have read some of her other books and I think I like this one the best. 🙂


  7. Joanna says:

    What a great, great opener! I am intrigued.


  8. Do I love this book? You bet I do! Thanks so much, Clar…I had not heard of it…but will rush and get it if I can find it..
    Best of luck on the tour…it’s going really well!


  9. Ha! This sounds like a very clever book. Thanks for a great review. I’m hoping my library has it.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Penny!

      I Just love your name, Penny! I think it is so cute and clever and adorable. Maybe as an author now, you don’t think so but it is great!

      I hope your library has it too. 🙂


      • That’s sweet of you to say you like my name. When I was deciding whether to use three names or two for my publishing name, I just could resist the sound of the two p’s in Penny Parker and the two k’s in Parker and Klostermann.


        • clarbojahn says:

          Yes!! I didn’t see the rhythm but it’s definately there. Great going! I just have three names which can be very confusing to others. they think I am three different people! And my old friends, who knew me as Clarike, want to know what I go by now. I like Clar but it’s another confusion point with them. I really don’t know how to handle it any better than I am. 🙂


  10. This sounds like a great book! 😀


  11. What a great book. Actually as I was reading your review I thought how well it would go with my previous PPBF Review of “There.” Both being books of questions, Both asking us to think. I love it. Hope your tour is going well. Good luck!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Diane! I hope you see this comment as I am only seeing yours now.

      I’ll have to go back and look for your review of ‘There’ sounds so good and related to mine with the deep questions! Thanks for bringing my attention to it.

      I hope to see you on tour with us. Some of the posts are absolutely fab even if I do say so myself. Susan did a great job on Edmund’s interview and Joanna’s and Susanna’s posts. I am so proud of her. 🙂


  12. Darlene says:

    What a great blog tour you have put together. It is fun following it.Good luck with this important book!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks so much, Darlene! I did not see it’s importance as I was writing it. It took Susan to see the futher and the deeper meanings of it. I am so proud of her. She really saw the symbolism and the importance of the book that I did not see. I need to have a long talk with her. 🙂


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