Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Jobs People Do by Jo Litchfield and Felicity Brooks

If you are looking for an educational book with a fresh and different approach, Jobs People Do might be what the doctor ordered. This book isn’t just about different careers—it is a work of art. Each of the six chapters covers a day in the life of a different person and what they do on the job. A farmer, a chef, a doctor, a firefighter, a teacher and a veterinarian and what they do are all presented in simple and easy to understand short stories. At the end of each story, job specific vocabulary is presented as well as some fun facts and games. All of this, in and of itself, would be enough to make this a wonderful non-fiction selection, but it is the pictures in this book that really make it stand out from the crowd. Every detailed scene on every page is made up of hundreds of meticulously crafted miniatures with darling, hand-sculpted clay figures populating the colorful world. The amount of time and care that went into making this book must have been phenomenal. Each of the hundreds of characters sports their own hand-sewn outfits. Each scene is decorated with tiny details that will delight children--funny animals, delicious looking miniature food, even a tiny milk tanker (I didn’t even know there was such a thing before reading about it in this book). The cast of characters is large and diverse, ranging into every age and ethnicity imaginable. Don’t miss out on this fascinating and fun new book.

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