In the United States - today was Memorial Day. A celebration to honor those brave men and women who have served their country in the United States armed forces. And one of those rights they were fighting to protect is the "pursuit of happiness." Too lofty an idea for kids? Well, not really. It means that every person can choose what they want to do as a career, and how they want to live. When you put it that way, it still might seem like too big an idea to introduce to a child. But let me introduce you to Fifo - a brown cuddly bear who imagines all the things he might want to be when he grows up.
The illustrations by Jessie Orlet are adorable too, and I love the comment about doing your best no matter what.The book is written in rhyme, which will help kids pick up on the flow of the book.
There were only two minor things in the book that I didn't really click with. The first is talking about what a child is going to "be" rather than "do." Especially in today's world, the idea that we are our job is just about gone. Who we are should always transcend any profession. Also, my kids were quick to correct the gender specific titles like "fireman" and change them to "firefighter." Now, to be fair, Fifo is a boy bear, but I don't think the book would have lost anything to choose the gender neutral terms.
Overall though we had a lot of fun reading this book together, and it is one I know we will return to again and again.
Book for Children Ages: 3 years old to 7 years old
- What kind of jobs do you think you might like to do when you grow up?
- What things are you learning now that are preparing you for those jobs?
- Who do you know that does each of the jobs in the book?
- What other jobs can you think of that grown-ups do?
Activities for Kids:
- Play dress up. See what things you can find in order to dress up for different jobs. If you want, you can take it to the next level of pretend play and act out what people in these jobs do.
- Make a collage of different professions by cutting out pictures in magazines of people doing different jobs and gluing them to paper.
- Pick a family friend or relative and have your child interview them about their job. If possible, take your child to work with you for a day or part of a day.
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars*