From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-This book introduces 10 women who work with animals, including a veterinarian, pet sitter, horse-farm owner, bird handler, exotic-animal trainer, marine-mammal curator, and ostrich farmer. Each profile traces its subject's schooling, work history, personal life, and thoughts about her job. "Career Checklists" help readers decide if this type of work might interest them. The book also provides information on salaries, educational requirements, and internships. Suggestions for further reading and a list of professional organizations conclude the book. Although the pink-toned photos of the featured individuals are grainy and difficult to make out, the black-and-white photos of animals are clear and appealing. The open, eye-catching layout will attract browsers.Darlene Powell, St. Stephens School, WY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Ceel Pasternak is a noted editor who has created award-winning magazines covering workplace issues. Linda Thornburg is well-recognized for her writing in human resource and career topics for business audiences. Together they bring more than 30 years expertise to this visionary effort to record the work experiences of today's women.
When Ceel Pasternak discovered that today's school girls were experiencing the same peer pressures, body image messages, and the limited role models that she did back when she was age 12, she wanted to do something to help girls. As a freelance editor, she gained the freedom to work on her idea - to provide role models whose stories will encourage girls to explore the world of work and to show them they too can be economically independent. Ceel and her coauthor profile women who love their work and make a good living, the best kind of role models.
Ceel is a former editor of magazines and journals. She has worked in publishing promotion, circulation, and production. She started her career in corporate public relations and has worked in many companies "trying to make a living," including jobs as a yacht broker, a photographer at Lion Country Safari, and an advertising agency account executive.
Linda Thornburg has made her living as a writer, editor, and communications professional for nearly 20 years, a dream she had since age 11. Prior to fulfilling this calling, she worked to put herself through college and graduate school, and supported herself with a variety of jobs. These included cooking in a nursing home; waitressing; hostessing in a night club; working for a Baby Bell company as a service representative; computer operations and dataprocessing; secretary; counter help in several businesses; and research librarian for a historical society. Linda reached her career goal when she became director of communications for a national association of manufacturing companies in the early 1980s.
Today, Linda runs her own writing business. She enjoys her work and her entrepreneurial status more than any job she ever had. Linda specializes in human resource issues. Her clients include business to business publishers, private companies, human resource consultants, and a union. She is fascinated with the changes that have occurred in the working environment for women over the past 30 years. She believes that any girl who has the courage to dream about a profession can make her dreams come true today, as long as she is armed with the right information and believes that she can win in the world of work.