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Children's LiteratureThis "Level A: Emergent" book in the "A Rookie Reader" series conveys the well-worn, but ever inspiring, story of a child's dream careers. In addition to the usual palette of professions (doctor, firefighter, farmer, teacher) there are a few fun ones—singer, artist, truck driver and clown. The ultimate calling the child has, though, is to the presidency of the United States. This wish contains more than the usual dose of youthful whimsy, though, because the kid doing all the dreaming is an African-American girl, and the image of her adult self at the presidential podium a universally hopeful one. Appropriately, the little girl ends her ambitious daydreams by stating, "But today, I just want to play." Simple, colorful watercolors add to the child-centered feel of the book. Young readers will find this little book easy to master, and easy to tote around. Includes a word list at the end, with 27 entries. 2004, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 6.