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The Top Job Hardcover – July 5, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; No Edition Stated edition (July 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477891
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* On Career Day, Mrs. Feeny asks the students to stand up and share what their parents do for a living. The class hears about jewelers, UFO hunters, and NASCAR drivers. Then the intrepid narrator shares that her dad changes light bulbs. At first the class ridicules the girl and her father, but when they find out that he changed the Empire State Building's "tippy top" light bulb, a feat involving courage and stamina, they are most impressed. The pacing and rhythm of the text is impeccable, and without being didactic, Kimmel beautifully integrates themes of standing up for yourself, responding to rudeness and bragging, and girls who are talented mathematicians. There is a fair amount of text on each page, but the stylized, cartoon-style illustrations, rendered in clear colors and bold black outlines, nicely extend the plot and show the lighted tower in a dramatic image, spread horizontally across a double-page spread for maximum impact. A great choice for reading aloud with early-elementary students, this title will encourage discussion about careers. And the story is based on fact: there really is a person who changes high-altitude light bulbs in landmark buildings! Carton, Debbie

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The pacing and rhyming of the text is impeccable. -Booklist, starred review

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BrianMusic on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an adorable and educational book about a girl whose dad is responsible for the very important job of changing the lightbulb at the top of the Empire State Building. I highly recommend it!

I also heard that they are turning it into a musical in New York City at the Vital Theatre company in March! Can't wait to hear and see it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Adams on June 26, 2010
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Borrowed this book from the library 4 times!! Finally decided we had to buy this book for ourselves. Great book that shows the importance of being proud of your job and doing it to the best of your ability. Kids should always be proud of their parents and how hard they work. Hope this author writes more books along this line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
On Career Day, students in Mrs. Feeny's class have interesting facts to share with their classmates about their parents' jobs. Emma's father works as a scientist who uses a telescope to search the skies for stars and flying objects, Elizabeth's mother is employed as a jeweler who designs and sells precious jewelry, and Aidan's mother drives racecars in flameproof jumpsuits. In comparison, a young girl in the class has a parent with an apparently mundane job: her father changes light bulbs. Yet as she continues describing a day on her father's job, Mrs. Feeny and her students quickly realize that this girl's father has no ordinary job. He changes the light bulb at the top of the Empire State Building.

This unusual job requires training, special equipment, and unusual safety conditions. This book weaves important economics lessons about human resources, jobs, training, and education into an entertaining and informative story about what it takes to hold a highly-skilled job working at high altitudes. Primary-grade teachers, parents, and volunteers seeking high-quality children's literature with valuable lessons would be well advised to choose this book.
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This is a wonderful book for so many reason's -- a strong girl character -- plus a non-preachy story about the importance of ALL jobs. The musical is wonderful too -- definitely see it if you get the chance. It's a perfect musical for small children. And -- like the book -- adults will enjoy it too. At age three my daughter loved the book and the musical, and she still does one year later.
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