Series of 30 titles
What do you want to be when you grow up? After reading this series, kids will be shouting out answers to that question. This series gives young readers a basic introduction to people in their communities that they will meet around town. A photo diagram at the end of the book highlights places where these people work and tools they use to do their jobs. A table of contents, index, photo glossary, and photo labels help enhance learning.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Category||Beginning Readers, New!|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||7.75 x 7.75|
|Guided Reading Level||E|
|ATOS Reading Level||0.7-1.0|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents|
Booklist (Miriam Aronin )
These new books in the Community Helpers series introduce a variety of professions that young children are likely to encounter in their daily lives. Each book begins with a child who is interested in being that profession, then asks “What do they do?” The book presents examples of workers in that job and one or two activities they do or simple information about their training. The use of first and last names is unfortunately inconsistent across the books. Custodiansshowcases several charming examples of hardworking cleaners and fixers as they repair an oven, change an apartment building’s lightbulb, and squeegee windows clean. Photos show a racially diverse array of men and women on the job in every book. Back matter highlights literal tools of the trade in a labeled photo and includes a picture glossary.— Miriam Aronin
Series Made Simple
Readers learn about a broad variety of helping professions, including ones that might not immediately come to mind, such as reporters. The cultural diversity of children featured is a positive, although the quality of the stock photographs varies. The major weakness of this set is its lack of a logical flow. Reporters begins with the clear, compelling question (“What do they do?”) but shifts gears to a scene of a journalist at a fair without providing a useful answer. The authors seem unsure whether they’re defining concepts or telling stories, and the books lack concrete facts. Crossing Guards and Lifeguards, while slightly more focused than the others, also suffer from a choppy narrative and dearth of thorough information. VERDICT Though honoring unsung heroes is a laudable intention, this series is confusingly written.
Library Media Connection (Maureen Mooney)
This small set of community workers touches upon the nuances of each job. Each title follows a scenario where a child wants to be that worker and needs to know what that person does. Text is clear and simple. Photographs are bright and up-to-date and show current technologies. The background on each profession includes tools used. New vocabulary words are introduced and explained within the text. Each title covers the different aspects of a job. The series is perfect for the early reader or to introduce the topic in lower grades as an easy read-aloud. Each book ends with a labeled picture. A few simple reading and comprehension activities are listed for use before, during, and after reading. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index.
Series Made Simple
Through excellent combinations of simple sentences and full-bleed stock photos, these books inform young readers about helpers in their communities. What sets this series apart from similar titles, such as RosenPowerkids’s “On the Job” series (2010), is that the people in the photos are named—and that these names are easy to read and pronounce. For example, Mail Carriers states, “Cora is on a route. She goes to the same houses each day. Today she has a package. It is for Mr. Ross.” Despite the simplicity of the text, Doctors does not shy away from tough topics, showing a close-up image of a patient receiving an injection and later one of a smiling boy entering an MRI machine accompanied by the text “Ty has cancer. He is in the hospital. Dr. Cole takes care of him.” While the title page of Librarians features a card catalog, the rest of the book shows librarians helping adults and children using computers for research. A note to parents and teachers encourages adults to talk with children as they read the text and explore pictures together. Indeed, this series is ideally suited to modeling dialogic reading in a storytime and expose children to easy nonfiction. Libraries looking to strengthen their easy nonfiction collection will greatly benefit from these additions.–
Booklist (Daniel Kraus)
With declarative text and glossy, full-bleed photos, the Community Helpers series introduces adult professions to the youngest readers. What sets this package apart from similar series is a particularly clean and stylish design and a willingness to show the unpleasant sides of the job—an unusual but welcome approach. Doctorsis especially sober. Sensitive readers may be disturbed by those flecks of blood on the surgeon’s coat, and that close-up of stitches going in may cause even adults to blanch, too. The tone is kept light (“Ow! It hurts a little”) even when the situation is serious: “Ty has cancer.” Mail Carriers follows the mail from the sorting shelves to the bin, to the truck, and to your door, mentioning along the way fun details (the red flag on a mailbox) as well as differences between city and country routes. Police Officers doesn’t flinch from shots of a criminal being cuffed, cops in riot gear, and an officer approaching a car crash. For balance, there are K-9 units! Teachers “help kids learn,” and we see just that via lesson plans, computer tablet use, field trips, gym class, and even teachers staying late to grade tests. An impressive blend of comforting tones plus realistic content.