See It, Dream It, Do It: How 25 People Just Like You Found Their Dream Jobs

Pajama Pr. Oct. 2023. 64p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781772782882.
Gr 4-8–As a companion to If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It, this volume is organized in a collective biography format that highlights an individual who found their dream job. Careers range from park ranger and ranch owner to cave microbiologist and electrical engineer. Although the individuals highlighted are culturally and socially diverse, most come from Canada and the United States. The representation of a diversity of cultures and abilities is impressive as well as the uniqueness of some jobs (funeral director, midwife, forensic artist). In addition to a general description of the individual’s job and experience, each chapter provides an impressive use of supplementary information that introduces even more individuals in the field while presenting captions and sidebars like “Spin-Off Jobs,” “Pro-Tips,” and recommendations of “Why Not Try.” Each spread is visually engaging and expansive due to illustrations, photographs, and use of color to highlight those who represent the role in different ways. The supplementary information in the beginning and the end of the text is unique and thought-provoking. What if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? What careers were behind the making of the book? The “Employment Experts” section, “Try It Out” section, and glossary help make this book a valuable tool for students thinking of their future careers.
VERDICT A visually appealing and inspiring representation of careers that would be a strong addition to middle school collections.

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