Thursday, December 26, 2013

Book Review - When I Grow Up I Want To Be...A Teacher!


When I Grow Up I Want to Be...a Teacher! (Carlee Learns a Surprising Lesson)

Author/Publisher: Wigu Publishing
Publication Date: December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-939973-08-5
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: December 23, 2013

It is becoming a difficult thing to find a children’s/pre-teen book that is not only engaging, entertaining and fun, but ALSO teaches us great lessons while educating readers. That’s why, when the series: “When I Grow Up I Want to Be...” first came out, with the first title taking a look at becoming part of the U.S. Army, readers began buzzing about it immediately.

What Wigu Publishing has created here are books that will last a lifetime, and work for generation after generation of children who want nothing more than to find their niche and discover their passion for the career they want to enjoy the rest of their lives.

In this new offering, teaching is the focal point and, as we can all attest, teachers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Teachers must be able to not only provide facts, figures and data in their classrooms, but they also provide wisdom that the child can take with them as they go out into the world. Everyone can speak fondly of at least one teacher who touched their lives significantly with their help and kindness during the ‘growing up’ years, which are the most difficult.

Carlee is a young girl who definitely sees herself as a teacher. However, she runs up against a big worry when her own mother comes to her school in order to teach. Let’s face it, embarrassment!! The last thing a child wants is for their parent to be front and center when they’re meeting friends. Just think about it! If Mom is a bad teacher or, worse yet, gives out F’s, poor Carlee will be a social outcast before she even gets her feet wet and finds her niche.

But Carlee has an unusual experience the first day. When she receives her textbooks she begins to think about all the wonderful things that are out there - the other careers she could strive to have. Geography is studied, politics and great leaders of the past, as well as inventors and writers. The choices are endless. But Carlee soon discovers not only the pride and respect she has in herself and her devotion to education, but also that her love of teaching was instilled in her soul by a very great Mom.

This reviewer jumped right on board with this series because, literally, it is one of the most amazing, educational and well-written paths seen in a long time. The history, the pictures, everything is memorable; not to mention, this series is also a wonderful way to turn the computers and cell phones off and actually have real conversations again about how bright our kid’s futures truly are.

Quill says: Perfection! It is thrilling that there will be more of these books coming, because they’re sure to have children dreaming big dreams once again!