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Clothesline clues to jobs people do
Heling, Kathryn.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2012]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Invites readers to guess different professions based on the uniform and equipment required for each.
General Note:
"Illustrations done in pencil and mixed media, manipulated digitally"--T.p. verso.
Reading Level:

310 Lexile

AD 310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 161489.
Format :


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Who wears what to work? The clues in each lively verse can be spotted hanging from the clotheslines. A mail carrier's uniform, the artist's brushes, and the chef's apron all hang from the clothesline. Then turn the page to learn which professionals wear and use the special gear in the jobs they do. Clever illustrations show the workers helping one another, and in the end, everyone joins together for a celebration that is out of this world. A perfect choice for reading aloud and encouraging kids to join in the guessing and reveal.

Author Notes

Kathryn Heling has co-authored several books for children with Deborah Hembrook, including I WISH I HAD GLASSES LIKE ROSA and MOUSE MAKES WORDS: A PHONICS READER. Kathryn and Deborah live in Wisconsin.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Crisp images show us various clotheslines and invite readers to guess the person who fits the accompanying rhyming descriptions: Uniform and cap, / an invite for you. / Big bag of letters. / What job does she do? With a turn of the page, readers get the answer by seeing the worker on the job. The mail carrier introduced in the first spread delivers letters to everyone else, and in the thin story line, the sundry workers all arrive to celebrate the astronaut's launch party. The idea of introducing community workers and jobs in this way is clever, and the authors eschew gender stereotypes the carpenter, the firefighter, and the astronaut are all women, while the artist, the farmer, and the chef are men. Other stereotypes persist: the artist in the beret and the farmer with an old-fashioned milk pail do not really reflect either modern-day trade. Still, the interactivity of the book ought to make this a hit.--Austin, Patricia Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Children will be thinking about what job they would like to have after meeting the friendly workers in this picture book. Seven people have uniforms drying on their clotheslines. On one spread, a paint-stained shirt hangs next to a beret. On another, coveralls and gloves hang above a scattering of tools, and, in another, a long hose is draped over the line supporting a pair of suspenders and heavy pants. After the clothing and equipment are identified in two short rhyming sentences, children are asked to guess the job each man or woman holds. The answer is revealed when readers turn the page and see the worker in the uniform and using the tools. At the end of the book, the characters come together for a "Launch Party" for the astronaut. This ending will come as no surprise to children who noticed the busy mail carrier. Full-spread illustrations (digitally manipulated pencil and mixed-media drawings) depict happy, productive people working indoors and out. An assortment of birds and an inquisitive cat add interest to the pages.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Look at the clotheslines and see every clue! Who uses these things for the jobs that they do? Excerpted from Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling, Deborah Hembrook All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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