Sunday, July 8, 2012

Nonfiction Monday: Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
2012 (Charlesbridge)
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. 


  1. Hi Jeff, I like your new profile photo. Where's it taken? What's the statue?
    I can see how your class would like this book. I particularly like the artist spread you featured. When I give tours at SFMOMA to students, I always let them see and touch all the artist tools (which goes beyond brushes, especially in a modern art museum).

    1. Jean, I was in Copenhagen last month with a group of teachers. The statue is Hans Christian Andersen who is a favorite son of Denmark.

      Thank you for stopping by. I like the inclusion of the tools as well.

  2. Hi Jeff, this sounds like a very interesting book. The illustration you shared here is also very nice. I also like the fact that it has an interactive quality to it with the clues and all that. :)

  3. Thank you, Myra! I like the interactive quality as well. Young readers will appreciate this.


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