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Things People Do Hardcover – December, 1985

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Grade 2-5 A description of the work people do in different sorts of jobs. Set on the imaginary island of Banilla, the book introduces a host of cheery, busy people, including Manuel Laber, the builder; Penny Sillin, the doctor; Les Chatter, a teacher; Honor Toze, a ballet dancer; and Mayor Naze and shows them as they go about their daily lives. Children, as well as their adult friends, will delight in repeating these inhabitants' names over and over again, as they are all entertaining puns and tongue twisters. Packed with useful information, the book is written clearly and simply and will give children an idea of the diversity of jobs. The layout and the humorous and detailed illustrations in this large-format book are reminiscent of those in Richard Scarry's books. Interesting and imaginative, this is just the right title to add to career book collections. Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (December 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860208648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860208648
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie on November 26, 2011
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I bought this book as part of a homeschool package for my daughter when she was 4 years old. She loved the book. We would look at the detailed pictures together,but she would come back to the book on her own and examine the details. I don't think I have ever seen her sit still for longer than she did while enjoying this book. Unfortunately, the book was lost when we moved house. I simply HAVE to buy it again. On a personal note, I got a kick out of the names of the characters who live in Banilla---Mayor Naise, Les Chatter (the teacher), Mike Atsill(the vet), and Bob Bunn (the baker, of course), just to name a few.
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I received this book as part of a preschool homeschool package from Sonlight. At the beginning of the term, my daughter loved this book. By the end of the term she was bored with it. We took a long break in the middle of the term to move, and I think that maybe she was just too old (five) by the time we resumed our lessons. I would recommend it maybe for three and four year olds. Like another reviewer, I also found the names of the people of Banilla to be super cute, but it just wasn't enough to make it interesting for my five year old. The pages of this book were also super busy, and I know that some kids really enjoy that, but I think it might have been too busy for my daughter. I have found that to be the case with other Usborne books, as well.
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My 5 year old (at the time) and now 6 LOVES this book as does her brother who it two years younger. They can both sit and pour through it, looking at the detailed pictures. It introduces the reader to a fictional island and all the characters who inhabit it. It describes various occupations that make a city run. There are some stories intertwined with the descriptions, but it is not a sit down to read prose. A little tedious to read to a non-reader since many descriptions are brief and not fine lit, but a fun intro to various careers.
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This was my favourite book as a very small child and I remember it very fondly. My favourite pages were of a hotel, where a pop band were staying. I have it at an age before I could read independently, but would spend a lot of time pouring over the pictures, there are lots of humorous background characters and little animals to spot.
This book is a fantastic prompt for talking to children about what your job is - my dad was a builder, so he would point to the pictures and say things like "I use one of these at work" and that helped me understand that he didn't just disappear in the daytime!
This is also a good book if you want your children to be exposed to seeing adults in non-gender conforming jobs in a subtle way. There is a female mayor, a female doctor and a male primary school teacher - possibly others that I can't remember.
Reading this book with my parents is how I learnt that a nurse isn't a 'girl doctor' too.
I would recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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