Gr 2-5A series devoted to exploring unusual careers that involve danger and challenge. Rodeo Clown goes behind the scenes to show that not all is for laughs as the rodeo clowns draw the attention of the bulls and horses away from the cowboy riders. Smokejumper details the training and skills needed to become one of a select crew of U.S. smoke jumpers who parachute in to fight forest fires that cannot be in reached other ways. Safety is emphasized but the reality of death is not minimized, and the 1994 Canyon Creek, Colorado, fire in which 14 people lost their lives is briefly discussed. Window Washer follows two men as they wash the windows of New York City's World Trade Center. Again safety features are shown. Well written, with attention grabbing, full-color photographs and personal commentary from individuals in the jobs, these titles offer an interesting look at an unlikely side of the work world. Welcome additions to career sections, presented in large-print type and with ample spacing.Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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