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What Am I?
What Am I
Author: Debbie Mackinnon, Dial Books for Young Readers
A busy, bouncy group of toddlers take on a whole variety of roles, from firefighter to astronaut, and from doctor to clown.
ISBN-13: 9780803718265
ISBN-10: 0803718268
Publication Date: 3/1/1996
Pages: 24
Edition: 1st ed
Reading Level: Baby-Preschool
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4.8 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Dial Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Cute book about all the possibilites your child could grow into. Features adorable photographs of children dressed up as different careers.
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Not only does this book introduce toddlers to "community helpers," but it's also chock-full of vocabulary words (with pictures) related to each job.

Live-action photographs illustrate this book.
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Age Range: For infants or children in preschool
Brief text accompanied by photographs of twelve boys and girls acting out a variety of occupations.

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Part of the "Right Start" series, this book features a lively cast of young children dressing up and playing at being grown-up. Each spread looks at a different role, from doctor to cook, musician to farmer, showing all the basic tools of the trade.

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School Library Journal
PreS-K-The latest offering from the duo who brought readers What Noise? (1994) and How Many? (1993, both Dial) looks at occupations. The left side of each double-page spread features a photograph of young children dressed as farmers, an astronaut, musicians, and even parents. Opposite each activity are the tools of the trade for youngsters to name. The full-color photos are bright and clear on a white background. Craft ideas abound: for example, the astronaut's helmet is made out of posterboard painted silver, decorated with pieces of colored foil and what appear to be gumdrops. A perfect introduction to people's jobs that will provide loads of creative play opportunities.-Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL

As in MacKinnon's "What Size?" (1995), this concept book uses brightly colored photographs of children at play with toys and everyday objects. This time, each child is pretending to be an adult at work: fireman, chef, astronaut, musician, farmer, doctor, clown, and, finally, parent. Each left-hand page shows a child playing dress-up with appropriate clothes and tools; on the opposite page are individual objects associated with the occupation. For example, Lara asks her teddy bear where it hurts as she wraps gauze bandages around him. What is she? The answer, "Doctor," is on the opposite page, which shows a toy stethoscope, scissors, syringe, case, and bandage, each one labeled in large, clear type. There may be some confusion between the real tool and the toy version, but kids will enjoy a book that shows adult roles they can act out in their games.
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Cute book that has great photos of kids acting out different community helper roles. Great for young children!