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Short chapters (two to four pages in length) with bold and sparing text, coupled with full-color photographs, tell readers what to expect and how to handle various situations. (All of the sitters shown are female.) Safety, entertaining, and feeding are just a few of the important topics covered, and the author provides a variety of examples that can be applied for babysitting babies through older children. Tips and recommendations are also given under the small scenario pieces, "What would you do?" that will effectively make readers think about potential problems that can arise when adults are away. The author stresses that responsibility rests on the shoulders of the babysitter but also helps to instill confidence by demonstrating and providing the tools to be prepared. Both books offer sound advice; it's just unfortunate that it isn't all in one volume. "Things You Should Know Before the Parents Leave" (Basics ) are just as important as "Rules to Remember" (Rules ). Useful but incomplete titles to prepare young people for what is, for many, their first job.
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