Reviewed by David Savage
When I Grow Up I Want To Be… is a series of children’s books that covers different professions. In When I Grow Up I Want To Be… a Teacher! It is the first day of school and although usually loves going to school she is unhappy as her mum has a new job as a teacher in her school teaching the same year so she fears what her friends will say and will be embarrassed and ridiculed. When she grows up she definitely doesn’t want to be a teacher!
This book is written for the American market so has a few Americanisms but these easily translate to the UK market and children will have no problem understanding the meaning. This book shows the importance of learning different subjects and what kind of career path children can take with different subjects such as history, geography, maths, P.E, English and science.
Not only does it follow Carlees’s first day at school it also filled with lots of facts about Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, The Lewis & Clark Expedition, Martin Luther King, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Beethoven, Galileo, Alexander Hamilton, Einstein, the Grimm Brothers, Lewis Carroll, J.M. Barrie, Louis Pasteur, Alexander Graham Bell and Marie Curie. All this is packed into 53 pages without being overwhelming for children or making the story boring.
This is a story that will show the benefits of teaching and learning as well as peer pressure (real or imagined) and how important teaching and the teachers are.
A great book that children will love and I think it would also be of great benefit to any school library. A fun and educational read that is also beautifully illustrated.
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.