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Career Day

Career Day

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by Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)

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Jessica's mother is a veterinarian. Pablo's father is a construction worker. Michiko's mother writes books. What kinds of work do people you know do?

On Career Day the children in Mrs. Madoff's class take turns introducing special visitors. Every visitor has something interesting to share, and together the class learns all about the different work people


Jessica's mother is a veterinarian. Pablo's father is a construction worker. Michiko's mother writes books. What kinds of work do people you know do?

On Career Day the children in Mrs. Madoff's class take turns introducing special visitors. Every visitor has something interesting to share, and together the class learns all about the different work people do.

In the fourth Mrs. Madoff book, Anne and Lizzy Rockwell revisit Mrs. Madoff's class as they help young readers explore the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Author Biography:

Anne Rockwell as everyone concerned with children knows, is the author and artist of more than one hundred books for young readers and listeners. Among her most popular books are The Three Bears and Fifteen Other Stories; The Robber Baby: Stories from the Greek Myths; The Acorn Tree and Other Folktales; The One-Eyed Giant and Other Monsters from the Greek Myths; Once Upon a Time This Morning (illustrated by Sucie Stevenson); and Long Ago Yesterday. Ms. Rockwell lives in Connecticut on the Shore of Long Island Sound.

In Her Own Words...

"I've been told that the first words I spoke were the colors of things, and I can't remember when I didn't make pictures.

"When I discovered the rich and exciting worlds to be found in books, I was fascinated by the art and civilization of Ancient Egypt. It wasn't only the detailed storytelling paintings by Egyptian artists that caused me to feel such a strong identity with that long-ago civilization. I also lived in a place called Memphis. My home, however, was not the ancient city on the banks of the fertile Nile River. I was born in thatEgyptian city's namesake in Tennessee—on the wide and muddy Mississippi River.

"When I was five or six years old, I made a painting of a quite imaginary Queen Cleopatra floating down the Nile on a quite imaginary and super-colorful barge. When I won first prize in a children's art contest for this painting, I decided I had become, from that day on, a professional artist.

"Much as I loved drawing and painting, I also loved to read. My home was full of books on many subjects, and I probably read as many originally intended for adults as written for children. Rainy days were my favorites, for then I didn't have to go outside to play. Instead, I could stay indoors reading and making the kind of pictures missing from many books I read. I liked to read about things that were real and things that weren't. I was equally fascinated by the things people had actually achieved and those they had only dreamed of and imagined. This is still true.

"Books meant so much to me that I hoped, one day, to write a book other children would enjoy reading. And my book would be filled with the kind of pictures I craved. But I appreciated too much the difficulties inherent in finding just the right words for whatever I wanted to say. So writing remained a secret aspiration, for I was convinced I wasn't good at it. In fact, writing down my thoughts was the hardest thing I'd ever tried to do.

"Since then I've learned that the way to write is by writing. If my first try isn't as good as I'd hoped it would be (and it rarely is), then I rewrite. And when I read that, I usually rewrite some more. It is hard work, but work I love.

"By now I've written stories and painted pictures for many books for children. I've been very lucky, for like the heroines of so many of the fairy tales I loved, all that I've wished for has come true.

"Except for one thing. I still haven't been to Egypt."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
On this special day, each child in Mrs. Madoff's class brings a grown-up to tell the class about the work he or she does. The narrator introduces his dad. Each man or woman worker is shown at work on the adjoining page, and ten exciting occupations are represented. Some families have two working parents. Even the teacher participates by introducing her husband. Another student's grandmother is a crossing guard at the school. The principal surprises the kids by bringing his college teacher. After the sharing, the adults join the class and find the children's work interesting, too. This is a very attractive and useful book relating to the early childhood social studies curriculum. It may be used as a springboard for discussion or as a model for an exciting experience. 2000, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6, $14.95 and $14.89. Reviewer: Margarette Reid—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In three previous books, Mrs. Madoff's class celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving and participated in show-and-tell. Now, the children are introducing their family's careers to their classmates. One mother is a judge, a grandmother is the school crossing guard, and the teacher's husband is a paleontologist. A father is a construction worker, a mom is a nurse, and another mother is a veterinarian. Each profession is depicted on a double-page spread; a page showing the curious child with the family member is opposite a full-page picture of the contented adult at work. The text is written in a large font, which makes it easy to read, and the colorful pictures are equally appealing. Useful for units on careers and community helpers.-Wendy S. Carroll, Montclair Cooperative School, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
The mother-daughter team of Anne and Lizzy Rockwell (Thanksgiving Day, 1999, etc.) presents their fourth visit to Mrs. Madoff's busy, bright, and active classroom. Today is career day, when students bring special visitors to school to talk about their work. It may be scary for a child to introduce his or her guest, but the first-person narrator does a fine job of introducing his bulldozer-driving dad, Mr. Lopez. Charlie's visitor is his mom, a judge; Kate's dad plays bass in an orchestra at night, practices, and handles child-care during the day, while his wife works in a bank. The multicultural class meets a writer, a paleontologist, a school-crossing guard, a nurse, a veterinarian, a sanitation worker, a carpenter, a grocery store manager, and even a student teacher's college professor. A full-page illustration shows each worker on the job; smaller details facing these pages introduce them and their host children to readers as well as to the rest of Mrs. Madoff's class. A sparkling, family-centered, no-threat introduction to considerations of what might be fun for little ones to do when they grow up. (Picture book. 2-5)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
AD430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Anne Rockwell is a pioneer in the field of nonfiction for very young children. She has more than a hundred books to her credit, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? and Clouds in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Anne and Lizzy Rockwell have collaborated on all the Mrs. Madoff books, including St. Patrick's Day and Presidents' Day, and Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Anne is the author of What's So Bad About Gasoline?; Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk!; Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?; and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Lizzy is the author-illustrator of Good Enough to Eat; The Busy Body Book; and Hello Baby! Both Anne and Lizzy live in Connecticut.

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