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GREAT CAREERS FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LIVING THINGS

Czerneda, Julie
Toronto, Trifolium Books/Weigl Educational Publishers, 1993. 48pp, paper, $13.95, ISBN 1-895579-00-7. (Career Connections). CIP


CAREER CONNECTIONS TEACHER RESOURCE BANK

Czerneda, Julie E. and Dave Studd
Toronto, Trifolium Books/Weigl Educational Publishers, 1993. galley, ISBN 1-895579-40-6.


GREAT CAREERS FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE HUMAN BODY

Edwards, Lois
Toronto, Trifolium Books/Weigl Educational Publishers, 1993. 48pp, paper, $13.95, ISBN 1-895579-06-6. (Career Connections). CIP


GREAT CAREERS FOR PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

Grant, Lesley
Toronto, Trifolium Books/Weigl Educational Publishers, 1993. 48pp, paper, $13.95, ISBN 1-895579-04-X. (Career Connections). CIP


GREAT CAREERS FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE BEING OUTDOORS

Mason, Helen
Toronto, Trifolium Books/Weigl Educational Publishers, 1993. 48pp, paper, $13.95, ISBN 1-895579-10-4. (Career Connections). CIP


GREAT CAREERS FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN HOW THINGS WORK

Richardson, Peter and Bob Richardson
Toronto, Trifolium Books/Weigl Educational Publishers, 1993. 48pp, paper, $13.95, ISBN 1-895579-08-2. (Career Connections).CIP


GREAT CAREERS FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN MATH & COMPUTERS

Richardson, Peter and Bob Richardson
Toronto, Greey de Pencier/Books from OWL, 1993. 64pp, paper, ISBN 1-895688-10-8 (paper) $9.95
ISBN 1-895688-12-4 (cloth $16.95. Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP


Grades 6 to 10/Ages 11 to 15

Reviewed by Fred Leicester

Volume 21 Number 6
1993 November


At the outset I have to say that I was very impressed with this set of books, which will certainly help those youngsters who want easily accessible yet accurate information about career paths. I hope that additional volumes will be published soon.

What do I like about these books? Let me count the ways. First, they are Canadian, and discuss real live jobs being done by real live Canadians. Secondly, the books, although only forty-eight pages, are packed with pertinent information, and the jobs selected for description represent a good cross-section of the type of jobs available in the given fields of endeavour. Thirdly, the layout of these books, with lots of colour, photos, diagrams and side bars, should be very appealing to early teenagers.

The key to what makes these books a valuable resource is the information they contain, and the way in which this information is presented. As all the books follow a similar pattern, I will use Great Careers for People Interested in the Human Body as an example. There are six profiles featured in this volume: paramedic, physiotherapist, biomechanist, pharmacist, orthopaedic technologist, and family physician.

Each of the six-page profiles follows the same format. The first page gives some personal comments, in this case by the paramedic. The following five pages include what a paramedic does, what a typical day is like, how to become a paramedic, and career planning. These pages also include interesting side bars and activities relating to the career what's your pulse rate (paramedic), flexibility tests (physiotherapist), decoding prescriptions (pharmacist).

Following the featured profiles there is a section called "Careers at a Glance," which gives one-page overviews of another four careers: respiratory technologist, community health nurse, dietary technologist and pediatric dentist.

The last few pages are devoted to those often overlooked aspects of career literature, namely the letter of application, the resume, and what employers look for in an interview. To this end, and in response to a hypothetical job advertisement, letters and resumes of two applicants are shown, as well as the interviewer's notes. The reader is then invited to speculate on who got the job. And last, there is a useful index as well as answers to questions posed in the activity side bars.

These books are an excellent resource. Highly recommended for all upper elementary and secondary school libraries.

A teacher resource bank currently in press promises to be a useful adjunct to the first six books in the series.


Fred Leicester is the Principal at Ecole Elementaire Edelweiss in Golden, British Columbia
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