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Author: Jessica Loy

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book looks at some of the options a young person might wish to investigate when deciding upon a career. Read about 14 professionals and the work they do. This is a resource book for exploring career options that go beyond the norm.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 6.3

Age of Child: Read with a fifth-grade class.

Young Reader Reaction: A friend read this to his class and they found it interesting plus it sparked a dialogue about various non-traditional jobs.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the idea of having kids consider jobs like kite designer, robotics engineer, chocolatier, and cheese maker.

Pros: Everyone can enjoy this book that has good information about career choices. The color photos used to illustrated each occupation are excellent.

Cons: None. I would have liked to seen twice as many careers discussed.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. At home, this is a book you can share together a couple of times. If you are a teacher, you will want to buy a copy because you'll be using it every year!


Educational Themes: Reading the book you'll learn a lot. Talking about the book offers some great dialogue ... you may even expand your knowledge of your kid's interests. Togethery, you can investigate various careers, as well as see how some things are made like cheese, a guitar, and a set for a play.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, jobs

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008

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