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1. Perfect Picture Book Friday - The Top Job

I love Perfect Picture Book Fridays!  The only hard part is choosing just one book to share each week when there are usually about 50 I'd like to add to the list! :)

Before we get to today's choice though, I think we need to have a serious discussion about the Official Perfect Picture Book Snack.  Something Chocolate has already been taken for Would You Read It Wednesdays, so put on your thinking caps boys and girls, and let's come up with something scrumptious! :)  Because I'm a mite peckish!  The comment section is open for suggestion....

But back to PPBF....  I love books that turn out to be something you didn't expect.  I love getting to the end and thinking to myself, "Wow, that author was clever!"  I love books that I like better every time I read them.  And that is just the kind of book I'm sharing today!

The Top Job
Written By: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Illustrated By: Robert Neubecker
Dutton Juvenile, July 2007, Fiction based on fact

Suitable For: ages 5-8

Theme/Topic: Careers, Standing up for yourself, Coping with rudeness and bragging.

Opening:  "On Career Day, Mrs. Feeny asked her students to stand up in class and talk about their parents' jobs.  Emma Sweetpaw said her dad was a UFO hunter.  She said he used a two-ton telescope to search the sky for flying saucers and a giant satellite to receive alien transmissions."

Brief Synopsis:  One by one, the students stand up and brag about what their parents do - a UFO hunter, a jeweler, a NASCAR driver.  When it's the narrator's turn, she says her dad changes light bulbs, which seems pretty tame compared to what everyone else does... until she reveals which lightbulbs!

Links To Resources:  Careers (grades K-5),  Careers (grades 6-8) (these are both link lists to info on all kinds of careers), Amazing Facts About The Empire State Building, Fun Facts About The Empire State Building

Why I Like This Book:  What kid wouldn't love to have a parent with a really cool and unusual job?  This book is set up very cleverly.  The first few kids to introduce their parents careers all brag - their parents are UFO hunters, jewelers, and NASCAR drivers.  Pretty hard to top!  When it's the narrator's turn, she sets them up, saying her dad changes light bulbs.  Of course they make fun... until they find out where the light bulbs are.  The pacing is great, letting the reader discover a page at a time that all isn't exactly as it seems.  I also love that the story is based on fact - someone really does have to change those light bulbs and it's a pretty tricky job!  This book offers a great deal of information about a little-known job as well as a great opportunity to talk about all the different careers that are open to kids when they grow up.  It's interesting, educational, clever, and fun!

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

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