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Work: An Occupational ABC Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Using imaginative illustrations and rich vocabulary, Hatanaka introduces children to exciting future careers. The book features an occupation for each letter. However, these are no ordinary jobs; they are often adventurous. Readers won't find that "B" is for baker in this book. Instead, they will find that "A is for Aviator," "N is for Naval Architect," and "X is for Xenologist." There is a "want ad" section of the book that shares a small amount of information about the various occupations. More information in the section would have been helpful, especially in explaining what a horticulturalist does, for example. The sophisticated illustrations pair nicely with the content. The colors are muted and have plenty of detail for kids and parents to pore over; the xenologist illustrations are particularly imaginative. Adults looking to share a worldly ABC book full of high level vocabulary will enjoy this fun read.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
S is for Skateboarder
X is for Xenologist
Y is for Yogi" from the book
A Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year
"Work is just too much fun, fun, fun. Canadian designer/artist Hatanaka’s whimsical style infuses each unexpected occupational letter with so much more than a single word." BookDragon
"The sophisticated design and use of white space give the book flair, and it can be an effective springboard for use in the classroom." Kirkus Review
"Hatanaka weaves bold graphics and soft shades into a tapestry of tender vignettes about people of all shapes, sizes, and colors." — Brain Pickings
"A beautiful and unexpected piece of art for the youngest readers . . . as much a delight to read as it is to behold." Deakin Review of Children's Literature
"Occupations from aviator through zoologist are highlighted in this breezy alphabet book. . . . Fun and absorbing." Booklist
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This is a great book to read to your child to teach them, beyond doctor, lawyer, veterinarian and all the typical jobs they learn about in school, some of the great careers that are out there that they might like to study and work towards one day! We tell children to follow their dreams but sometimes they don’t know just how many options are out there for them to pursue! I love that the back glossary is a “wanted” ad. I appreciate all the different jobs that are listed, many of which are atypical and you will have to consult the glossary at the back to help explain to these growing minds what the job entails. This is a great conversation starter between you and your child and a great book where they will have fun reading, but learn more than they expected too!
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