Work: An Occupational ABC by Kellen Hatanaka

IMG_4214Here is a fun ABC book that will knock your socks off. Work: An Occupational ABC takes the whole ABC concept book to a new level and introduces you and your little to all sorts of jobs, some albeit a little quirky but definitely fun. The illustrations are crisp, clean and eye catching. This is a great book to share with your little and open their eyes to different jobs out there.  I mean who doesn’t want to be a ringmaster, a detective or a xenologist! And don’t fret at the end of the book is an adorable little description of each job!

[BH] So honestly I found this book online and had to go to the library and check it out immediately. I knew from the cover that it would be an amazing book. Let’s be honest ABC books sometimes seem to blend all together, they can be all over the place with random words that start with each letter of the alphabet. So when I saw this book and the concept of work and jobs I was so happy. The different occupations are definitely ones that littles will love, and it brings up strange occupations that one might not necessarily think to talk about. I mean if you can get past the beautiful illustrations and the color and make it to the last page where they define each occupation you might explode. The definitions are out of this world adorable, I seriously smiled while reading all of them!

[G] I think that the best part of this book is the illustrations.  They are clear and will help your little decode what each word means.  Which is good because I only like about half of the occupations that are listed.  This is always the problem with alphabet books–letters like X or U or Z are complicated to find words for and sometimes end up being a little out there.  This book, I think, falls into that trap too.  I really don’t like X or V.  However, Hatanka does use some cool occupations that your little will definitely know (and love!) like Ice Cream Vendor.

Part of the reason I did agree to this book was because it was different.  Opening your little up to a world of different jobs can spark their imaginations in ways you wouldn’t expect.  Plus, a fun thing to do would be to talk about the different occupations your little does know already (Garbage man! Fireman! Astronaut!) and see if you can figure out the letter each starts with.

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