SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Community Helpers at a Fire

. 9781515723998. ea vol: 24p. (Community Helpers on the Scene). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. Aug. 2016. lib. ed. $16.49. pap. $6.95.
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PreS-Gr 2—Appealing to emergent readers, seven different workers are featured in each title. For example, librarian, janitor, counselor, principal, nurse, teacher, and teacher's aide are the subjects in School. Full-page photos show a variety of adults in uniform. Some wear a hard hat, stethoscope, or other familiar tools of the trade as visual indicators of their job. Very brief sentences act as captions for the action. Some titles feature children being tended to by smiling nurses, counselors, or aid workers. Despite the uninspiring stock photos, there is a timeless simplicity to this series that will extend its shelf life. In the further information section, a publisher-vetted website and password are offered for guided inquiry.
Color photographs and brief texts in a large font make these beginning readers easy to parse and use. However, the series doesn't explain or explore the concept of a "community helper," and the superficial texts and accompanying stock photos do little to introduce the actual jobs. The "helpers" pictured in each book are nicely varied in race, gender, and age. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Little Pebble: Community Helpers on the Scene titles: Community Helpers at School and Community Helpers at the Construction Site.

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