Children's LiteratureEach entry in the "Welcome Books" series pictures in photographs and descriptions an occupation of a family member as seen through the eyes of a child. Books feature a "Contents" page, new word glossary, a selection of trade or series books on the topic, and a Website featuring directions for adults and children to make projects together, and an index. Simple and mundane text, large font, one or two sentences per page, and plenty of white space support the reader and offer basic vocabulary. Here, Keisha, who looks to be about a second grader, and her grandmother choose "fabric," work from a "pattern," and Keisha proudly poses in her new full-length dress. Grandma's machine is a treadle one, the shop where she works looks like a bridal or formal dress shop, and the specialized vocabulary seems just right for non-sewers. Sewers may quibble with the text that states that Grandma "pins the fabric to the pattern" because it's usually the other way around. People of various racial or ethnic backgrounds are pictured throughout the series and those in this book appear to be African American. There's enough information here to talk with young children about people who work with their hands making something, after they've read this book on their own. 2002, Children's Press,
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My Grandmother Works in a Dress Shop based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
One of the few books where an older adult is working. There are actual photos of the grandmother and granddaughter. Promotes positive aging and the concepts of older adults working and being valuable and contributing members of their communities.