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When I Grow Up
This innovative book takes an alternative look at 12 occupations and the people who fill them. It's aim is to open up children's imaginations to the possibility that there are many more roles open to them than they may think. It doesn't just simply depict male nurses, female engineers and similar familiar sterotype-busting examples, but more broad-ranging examples of ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
(first published August 4th 2011)
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I chose this as an example of Benjamin Zephaniah's work. It is a nice idea and I can see that it could be fun project for children to participate in, but the actual poetry seemed a bit workaday. Different people's jobs and their route to them are briefly described and then there's a poem. Some well known people, some not and a variety of roles from high profile scientist to lollipop 'lady' (a man in this case but the stereotype busting is gently done)
An entertaining collection of poems about a diverse group of people who have a wide range of interesting occupations. American children will no doubt find it interesting that a crossing guard in England is known as a "Lollypop Man." And who ever heard of a maths clown?
A British-Jamaican writer, dub poet and Rastafari. He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.More about Benjamin Zephaniah...