When small children put on a pair of magic boots, they can be anything they imagine or want to be! This book and it's five companion books (3 for Martin, 3 for Miranda) are bilingual (English and Spanish), in the Mexican context. The books were written to develop occupational aspirations in young children ages 2-6, both in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries and in the USA, especially children of rural or low-income backgrounds who may not have exposure to job possibilities. Photos of two adorable children "at work" in over 40 occupations; simple definitions of these occupations; job requirements so children can begin to think about education and preparation; and suggestions for parents or educators for using the books are included. Written by an emeritus professor of education with photographs by a retired kindergarten teacher who has focused on photography the last 10 years, the books are useful and educational as well as charming, with lots of material for play and discussion. Small children can easily pick up words in English or Spanish and can have the fun of becoming bilingual. We suggest purchasing the set of all six books and making or finding costumes to support young children's play in being a firefighter, doctor, auto mechanic, or artist (among others). Because little kids want to imitate grown ups, these books should be very useful in the preschool or kindergarten setting in stimulating dreams and possibilities and in playing out roles of working adults.
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LeoNora (Nora) Cohen is an emeritus professor of Education at Oregon State University. Her research has been in creativity, talent development, children's interest development, and coping. She had initiated gifted programs for the School District of Philadelphia before becoming a professor. In retirement, she spends winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage town rich in charm and enchantment, where she volunteers with several NGO organizations that help children. She has been writing children's books to benefit these organizations. She is working on her 15th book and pays young illustrators to bring them to life.
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