Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction


Fall 2006 Non-Fiction
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Author: Taro Miura
Illustrator: Taro Miura
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0-8118-5519-8
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Preschoolers love to role-play different careers, and anyone who works with this age group will attest to the popularity of pretend props in this kind of activity. Taro Miura's new picture book is sure to capture the attention of young children with its two-page spreads depicting more than 60 tools, used in careers ranging from barber to tailor and doctor to mechanic. Miura's crisp, colorful graphics introduce children to less familiar tools, such as voltage testers, as well as the more common wrenches and tweezers. What makes the book even more appealing is the arrangement of the pages—presenting a given set of tools first, children guess at the profession that uses the tools then turn the page to see the correct answer. The design makes the book part guessing-game and part lesson in patterning (another preschool favorite). The text is limited to the names of careers and objects, and the large typeface used on the career pages is particularly well-suited to emerging readers.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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