I’m playing a little fast and loose with the concept of What We’re Reading today but what’s the fun of having your own linky if you can’t bend the rules at little bit every now and then, and somehow What We’re Reading a Little Bit and Doing a Lot of Sticking just doesn’t quite have the same ring, I can’t imagine why!
Yes, Sticker Dolly Dressing Dream Jobs is a sticker book. But after legion upon legion of sticker books that have entered our house, the stray fairies that were stuck to the inside of Kitty’s car door, the miniature Winnie the Pooh that used to adorn my oven, and the time I went to work still wearing Iggle Piggle on my shoulder, this is a sticker book worthy of praise (and full credit to Kitty’s Uncle and Aunt who discovered it and gave it to her for her birthday).
Each of the pages has a little story about why Katy/Leyla/Becca likes the idea of this career, and the stickers in the middle match up to the pages and provide the outfits for each job and, for want of a better word, the appropriate accessories (though I’m not sure a stethoscope has ever been called an accessory before).
The pages have got that slightly shiny finish that means that you can move the stickers around if you decide to change everyone’s outfits or you need a few goes to line everything up and the stickers themselves are mostly big enough and solid enough that Kitty can peel them off the backing paper herself but not babyish or overly simplified.
But the best bit is the choice of jobs themselves. Given the age group they’re targeting it would have been so easy for Usborne to go all Lego Friends on it and just chosen a hairdresser, a florist, something to do with horses (after all don’t all small girls like ponies!) and maybe a photographer if they were feeling really adventurous, but they haven’t; they’ve gone for a whole range of actual genuine interesting careers.
Admittedly they didn’t include a lawyer, but then a page full of grey stickers isn’t exciting for anyone, but what about a Marine Biologist, a Forensic Scientist or a Professional Snowboarder?
And as Kitty’s Aunt was at one stage a doctor in a busy A&E department that certainly got a wry smile from the rest of us.
There are dressier outfits too; but not of the “I’m going to grow up and be a princess” variety; Leyla tries out being a fashion magazine editor, a costume designer and if she’s going to walk the red carpet in a gorgeous gown it’s because she’s a leading journalist presenting the awards at some glittering ceremony.
Kitty loves it because it’s a sticker book and as she’s four she doesn’t read anything beyond which jobs come with the most exciting stickers (for the record that’s going to make her a doctor or a forensic scientist when she grows up, even if she did decide that the forensic scientist also needed the clapper board from the awards ceremony) but I like it most for its balance.
There are choices for every interest and every choice is as valid as the next, and that more than anything is the subliminal messaging that I’ll happily impart on my daughter, even if it does mean there’s a leaf and a costume shoe mysteriously stuck to the middle of the lounge carpet.
Vickie’s suggestion last week gave her literary deja vu and even though it turns out that The Owl’s Lesson was published after we all grew up, I think it’s sent her off hunting for books from her own childhood! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little or not so little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!