Children's Literature - Patricia WilliamsonThis is a book of information for this "green" time in our lives on the earth. This book would be well suited in a Career and Technology class to show the 21st Century job possibilities within the context of a world going green. The photographs, charts, and illustrations are fabulous and enhance the words on the page. Any middle school student who is exploring careers will find this book engaging and easy to comprehend. As the reader goes through the book, he or she will find along the sides "Career Profiles," profiles of people who are currently in the business of building green places. The illustrations include both male and females in multiple roles, and the career profiles include both genders as well. This book is most likely to appeal immediately to males but there is much in it that once it is begun will appeal to both genders equally. This is part of a series of books about careers by Ms. Owen. All are green based and all use a very similar format. If a child is exploring the opportunities available in the 21st century for careers, this would be a great book to explore. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library JournalGr 5-8–Sometimes you just can't see the rain forest for the trees. These books are full of worthwhile and current information, if readers have the time and inclination to wade through cluttered, collagelike layouts, a jarring variety of typefaces and colors, overstuffed photo captions, and too much text punctuated with too many exclamation points. The best features here are the frequent “Career Profile” sidebars, contributed by people with intriguing and varied “green” jobs (such as running a zoomobile or being a vet for organic dairy cows) and the “Start Your Green Future Now” pages, which provide ideas about projects and activities. An index to careers is sorely needed. Concise information about how to prepare for each career is also lacking.
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