Saturday, August 17, 2019

ABC for Me: ABC What Can He Be?: Boys can be anything they want to be, from A to Z

Boys can be anything they want to be, from A to Z is a fun and colorful ABC book with a variety of future occupations for boys. This is a companion book to ABC What Can She Be which I reviewed a while ago. Due out 03 Sept 2019 by Quarto publishing on their Walter Foster Jr. imprint, it's 36 pages and will be available in ebook and board book formats.  It's appealingly llustrated by Jessie Ford of Sugar Snap Studio.

I liked that the book included careers with long and demanding educational paths (xenobiologist and quantum physicist) side by side with vocational careers (carpenter and horse trainer). The boys pictured are ethnically diverse and differently-abled. There is some overlap in both books (quantum physicist, astronaut, engineer, teacher, and yoga instructor, which is neat).

I am an optimist and believe that someday (soon) we won't need books telling our children that they can choose whatever career paths they wish to pursue, but we're not there yet. This is a sweet and non-judgemental book.

The text is written in non-rhyming free verse with a one sentence explanation of what each job entails.

Thoroughly charming.  I really liked it and think it would make a nice reading group selection in a classroom setting for younger kids.

Five stars

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review

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