Monday, November 12, 2007

Review: See What You Can Be

When you were little, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a veterinarian until I discovered I didn't like blood, or death, or, really, animals. What I did like was All Creatures Great and Small.

Sometimes relying on fiction or memoir for making career choices isn't the best idea. I suspect we'd all be witches, or vampires, or veterinarians if that were the case. Fortunately, Diane Heiman and Liz Suneby have come to the rescue with See What You Can Be, a career book for girls ages nine to twelve.

See What You Can Be begins with a simple quiz designed to discover "Which Careers Click with Your Personality?" (I'm a Purple, "a shaker-upper.") Then the book is divided into several sections organized by interest: animals; food & cooking; math & puzzles; sports & fitness; art & music; computers; reading & writing; and science & nature. So, you choose your interest area, look for your color, and determine good career fits for you.

Career choices range from the practical (lawyer, journalist) to the imaginative (crossword puzzle constructor, songwriter) and are described in lively, age-appropriate prose. The authors have also included related activities ("Your turn: Create a crossword puzzle") and profiles of women working in related fields. See What You Can Be is an excellent girl-power choice for readers ages 9-12.