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When I Grow Up: A Young Person's Guide to Interesting and Unusual Occupations Hardcover – September 2, 2008

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Grade 4–6—Children in search of a unique answer to the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" will appreciate this book. Unusual occupations such as lobsterman, chocolatier, kite designer, and pet photographer are described. Each spread introduces someone in the trade (most are Caucasian), includes "on the job" photographs, and provides a brief, introductory description of what it is like to be an alpaca farmer, robotics engineer, etc. This title may spark some readers' interest with its quirky careers, but it includes very little detail. The contact information for special-interest summer camps might be its most helpful part. The "Virtual Apprentice" series (Ferguson) is a better resource for more in-depth information.—Christine Lindsey, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland, WI
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“Children in search of a unique answer to the question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' will appreciate this book.” ―School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805077170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805077179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I got this book as part of my research for a project I was working on.
It confirmed my belief that most books designed to encourage kids to be something great when they grow up tend to fall back on the same 20-30 careers. There was nothing really new or out of the box in this book.
Chances are your kiddo already knows about the jobs discussed in this book.
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Format: Hardcover
It seems like a dream, to get paid for playing Legos, hugging a dog, flying a kite, going fishing, and sampling chocolates. Yet these dreams have come true for those adults who work as game designers, pet photographers, kite designers, lobstermen, and chocolatiers. With this informative book, Jessica Loy describes fourteen unusual occupations that involve not only the stuff of childhood dreams, but also extensive training, long hours, and hard work. As the book points out, thinking about careers can be fun and inspiring given the array of professional options, including those that children may perceive to be more play than work.
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Considering That I only paid about 7, I won't say much. But it only has like ten professions, is not complete a all, I wouldn't have bought it if I knew
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Format: Hardcover
Fourteen careers ranging from Alpaca farmer to robotics engineer, set designer to pet photographer are given individualo double page spreads as they are highlighted for the reader with colorful photo-essays. Each occupation includes basic information about the job, education and/or skills required to be successful.

Loy's book would be a fun introduction to a discussion of future careers and a great way for readers to imagine themselves in various settings.
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