Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping

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Describes a day in the life of a librarian

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Describes a day in the life of a librarian

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Young children who are being introduced to different people in their community will find this picture book about librarians fun and instructive. The subtitle, "Reading, Finding, Helping," accurately describes the duties of the librarian in this book: she gives out library cards, checks out books, reads books aloud, and sings songs. And, of course, our modern librarian also knows how to use her computer to find the latest information about all kinds of things. This book, whose text is in rhymes, provides a simple introduction to the world of the librarian. The full-page illustrations are crisp and clear, making it especially easy for young eyes to focus on the characters and objects. This is one of a series of books that the author has written about people she considers community heroes (the others are about teachers, firefighters, and the police). The idea behind this particular book is both sound and commendable, although one wishes that this reading experience could have been made a little more personal. For example, the author might have given the librarian a name, or showed the librarian at home with her family. Alternately, it would also have been nice to show men working as librarians, and thus countering the "Marian the librarian" stereotype. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A picture-book ode to librarians. The protagonist, an energetic and versatile young woman, conducts storyhours, repairs damaged books, retrieves the perfect selection for each young patron, and rushes about ensuring that her charges are educated and entertained. The minimal text is a job description in verse—"Straightens shelves, finds DVDs./Finds books on snakes and bumblebees....Uses computers, reads reviews,/finds out what books are in the news." With its cheerful cartoon illustrations, this book will serve as an adequate introduction to the library. If additional resources are needed, it might also be useful for primary-grade units on community workers, but overall the child appeal is limited.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
This passionate librarian may not possess any actual superpowers, though her limitless energy suggests otherwise. The unnamed professional gaily prowls her shelves to connect the right read with each of her young students. She balances a tower of books, prepares art projects and shelves materials without assistance. The fun of reading is the emphasis in this succinct selection, while research's valuable role receives only a brief nod. There's no conflict or nuance to be found in the upbeat story, but the positive message and its brief rhyming text remain unforced throughout. Short phrases merrily clip along, "books with pictures, books with none, / books about the moon and sun." Smiling youngsters against cheery, solid backgrounds are all sunny smiles. Creative activities encourage classmates to participate; children march along in an exuberant parade with tomes from Harry Potter to Peter Rabbit. There's a glimpse into the school's physical space (the technology appears more prehistoric than cutting edge), but the focus is on the career and not the library's location. While there's no denying the idealism beneath this book, it does shatter the unflattering stereotype haunting librarians ("Shh!") and replaces it with one wonder of a woman. (Picture book. 2-6)
Kirkus Reviews
This passionate librarian may not possess any actual superpowers, though her limitless energy suggests otherwise. The unnamed professional gaily prowls her shelves to connect the right read with each of her young students. She balances a tower of books, prepares art projects and shelves materials without assistance. The fun of reading is the emphasis in this succinct selection, while research's valuable role receives only a brief nod. There's no conflict or nuance to be found in the upbeat story, but the positive message and its brief rhyming text remain unforced throughout. Short phrases merrily clip along, "books with pictures, books with none, / books about the moon and sun." Smiling youngsters against cheery, solid backgrounds are all sunny smiles. Creative activities encourage classmates to participate; children march along in an exuberant parade with tomes from Harry Potter to Peter Rabbit. There's a glimpse into the school's physical space (the technology appears more prehistoric than cutting edge), but the focus is on the career and not the library's location. While there's no denying the idealism beneath this book, it does shatter the unflattering stereotype haunting librarians ("Shh!") and replaces it with one wonder of a woman. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458036
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,017,442
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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