Early readers will learn how mechanics fix cars and other machines. This title highlights what mechanics do, where they work, and how they help the community.
Part of the Seedlings series
Hello, bus drivers and mechanics. Hello, doctors and librarians. Hello, … fun! The popular Seedlings series now offers introductions to 10 more community helpers. Written in a friendly voice, filled with dynamic photos, and featuring text crafted for the youngest of readers, these titles touch upon occupational skills and tools and the ways in which certain professions help other members of our communities. Each title closes with a labeled-image guide for further review. As introductions to informational text, these titles plant the seeds of knowledge!
In a continuation of their previous series, these books provide basic information about 10 common careers: engineer, mail carrier, librarian, mechanic, police officer, bus driver, coach, firefighter, doctor, and garbage collector. Each book is divided into chapters that don’t exceed four pages, with one or two simple sentences bordered by full-color photographs that complement the text. Each entry includes a visual glossary of common tools utilized in each career (hardhats and computers for engineers; scanners, carts, and desks for librarians). VERDICT A solid addition to early learning libraries and small- to medium-sized public library collections.
–School Library Journal, 04/01/2023
These new books in the Seedlings: Community Helpers series present simple facts about community workers who do various types of jobs. Each book begins with a page cheerfully greeting its type or worker with "Hello [workers]!" The text remains minimal throughout, providing very basic information about the work that each kind of worker does and emphasizing how they help others. For example, Coaches shares that these individuals "lead teams . . . . They help players do their best." In Engineers, "Some engineers help make cities. They make sure homes have lights and water." Garbage Collectors describes how these essential workers "work in the heat and cold. They work in the rain and snow." Mechanics heads to the auto garage, where people "fix cars, trucks, and more. They make sure vehicles run safely." Each book concludes with gratitude: "Thank you, [workers]!" The short sentences are easy enough for many beginning readers to decipher themselves. The photos, while not always exciting, are well chosen and show both men and women working in all the trades. A labeled photo at the end of each book shows the worker in action and identifies the gear the person uses to do their job. Well-suited for preschool or kindergarten social studies units on community helpers or for young children interested in a particular profession.
–Miriam Aronin, Booklist, 04/15/2023