Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

When I Grow Up I Want To Be...a Teacher!: Carlee Learns a Surprising Lesson!

Carlee always wanted to be a teacher when she grew up, until her mother is hired as a teacher at her school! Some of her friends are even in her mother's class. Carlee is worried. What will her friends say? Will her mother do something to embarrass her? Carlee vows never to become a teacher like her mother, but as she journeys through the first day of school with her own new teacher, Carlee makes some surprising discoveries. 

When I Grow Up I Want To Be...in the U.S. Army!: Jake Learns about the U.S. Army.

When Jake's teacher assigns a "career" project, Jake decides he wants to be a soldier in the United States Army. Jake and his father visit an Army surplus store to find items he can use to present his project. As they search the store, each item makes the history and proud spirit of the U.S. Army come to life for Jake and readers alike. Through Jake's discoveries, readers are introduced to the history of the U.S. Army, what soldiers' duties include, and the equipment they use. 

My Comments:
These two children's career books are full of  information. Each is a story about a school-aged child in today's world.  It is Carlee's first day of school the first year her mother is teaching her grade at her school and she's afraid her mother will make her a social outcast.  Of course that doesn't happen.  Jake is preparing for and giving a report on being a US Army soldier.  The books are written with inset pages that provide information related to but outside the story.  For example, Carlee is thinking about being an artist and the inset page has very short biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Beethoven and Margaret Hamilton (witch from Wizard of Oz).  When she thinks about being a writer, we learn about Lewis Carroll, the Grimm Brothers and J.M. Barrie.  The insets in Jake's book talk about weapons, uniforms, medals and more.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy.  My youngest grabbed these as soon as I opened the package.  

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