written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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These clothes are all clues
to jobs people do.
Is one of these jobs
just right for you?
One of my favorite units in kindergarten was the week where we focused on occupations. I have seen dental technicians, firefighters, and other parent volunteers come in the classroom to share with children what they do for a living. The students are especially interested in the tools and clothing that are part of each job. Watching kindergarten children try on firefighter gear is always humorous and the stuff of year-end pictures. The authors of Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do understand this fascination on the part of preschoolers and primary school students. In this book, several occupations are featured with readers having to guess the occupation being presented. With each "job mystery", readers are given the visual clue of clothing hanging on a clothesline and tools of the trade directly beneath. For example, on one two page spread we see a uniform, a cap, and a big bag filled with letters. The text consists of a four line poem that describes the items on the page. Each poem of clues ends with "What job does he/she do?". The mixed media illustrations are kid friendly and provide further clues to a bigger mystery at the end of the book.
Clothesline Clues would be a great text to add to your preschool or kindergarten unit on jobs. It can be used for shared reading and shared writing. Students can think of occupations not listed in the book. With each of these occupations, they can list the parts of uniforms and the tools needed to perform these jobs. It would be fun to create a class booklet or individual booklets with clothes on a clothesline. You could also place a clothesline outside your classroom and have children create job related items to place on the line with clothes pins.