Choosing a career path is quite a daunting task. Some people know from childhood what they want to do, but I think most people really don't know until later in life. Regardless of whether you know "what you want to be when you grow up" or not, it's always very interesting to learn about different jobs. Look at the success of Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs, two shows that fascinate me. I'm a little too squeamish to actually be a crab fisherman or one of the professionals on Dirty Jobs, but I'm interested in learning more about them, nonetheless.
Now, Jessica Loy has written a book that features people who have very interesting and unusual occupations. We meet the following people:
- Alpaca Farmer
- Master Cheese Maker
- Research Biologist
- Game Designer
- Lobsterman (who is a woman)
- Guitar Makers
- Kite Designer
- Pet Photographer
- Set Designer
- Robotics Engineer
We also meet Andrea Lain, an archaeologist, who knew at the age of eight that she wanted to dedicate her life to studying the past. Her spread features a number of photographs of artifacts, including a deer jaw, a fragment from a 17th century chamber pot, and burned bone fragments found in a fireplace site.
I like this book because it introduces careers that appeal to kids who are creative, and it may inspire them to nurture that creativity within them. The language in the book is easy to read and would make a good choice for reluctant readers. It's a definite must-have for libraries.
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805077170
- ISBN-13: 978-0805077179
- Source of book: Review copy from publisher
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