When I Grow Up by Jessica McEachern, MA, MSW, provides examples of various careers by utilizing the alphabet as a guide. The book captures a Mother and daughter having a conversation during bed time. Zoey cannot settle down for bed because she is excited about all of the amazing careers she can choose from when she grows up. Throughout this colorful book, Zoey imagines herself as many of her career options, from A through Z. The text and illustrations inspire readers to imagine themselves as each career along with Zoey. The book is perfect for home and school. When I Grow up is a book that everyone can enjoy.
Zoey doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. There are so many different types of jobs to do and they all sound so very exciting, especially when these jobs mean that she is helping others in some way. Zoey is quite clever, too. When her mother asks her what jobs she’s been thinking about, Zoey shares her job ideas, alphabetically. There are jobs whose titles begin with every letter of the alphabet. And many of these jobs have very difficult names, not only for children to articulate, but for grownups as well. There are jobs like Anesthesiologist, a good job that begins with the letter A. And then there’s the job of an Ophthalmologist that specializes in eye care, a good job that begins with the letter O. Or Podiatrist, a foot doctor, a job that begins with the letter P. There are jobs with easier names, more familiar titles, like Nurse, Lawyer, Teacher. All very good jobs and all of which sound very promising and exciting to young Zoey as she marches through the alphabet, one letter at a time, one job at a time. So what will she be?
Jessica McEachern is many things: publisher, writer, songstress and social worker. Through her colorful picture book story, When I Grow Up, she inspires young readers, especially young girls, to be many things, but to be the best that they can be. This is a fascinating alphabetical journey through the list of job descriptions. Other than some of the more difficult job titles listed, the story is very easy to read, alphabetically, of course. And the reader will enjoy the enthusiasm of a young girl sharing her dreams with her mother. A good mother-daughter sharing type of story. A real treasure.
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Who’s ready for a great new book! When I Grow Up by author Jessica McEachern, MA, MSW, emboldens young readers, ages two to ten, to imagine a multitude of career pathways.
McEachern’s book follows the imaginings of young Zoey as she excitedly scrolls through the alphabet, using each letter to identify a career possibility. The U, in Zoey’s world for example, reflects her vision of becoming an urban planner; the Q, a quantitative psychologist. To Zoey the possibilities are seemingly endless and free of gender biases – a world vision encouraged by Zoey’s mother.
“The book was written with the intent of promoting education and inclusion,” McEachern states. Her wish is to encourage readers to dream big as Zoey does, to set goals, and to take the necessary steps toward achieving goals. Zoey’s travel through the alphabet of career possibilities is enhanced further by Andrea Alemanno’s illustrations that, according to McEachern, “endorse self-confidence while embracing working together with others.”
McEachern is also the author of Societal Perceptions and has worked in the field of human services for over eleven years. She has been featured in Rolling Out, The Charlotte Weekly, Readers Favorite, Black News, and more!
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