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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Joe the Fisherman, written by Mairi McLellan, is the first book in the What Do the Grown-ups Do? series and this is the start of an incredible series geared for elementary girls. The Mackenzie girls - Ava, Skye, and Gracie - live in Scotland and they have time to play, but they also have jobs to do at home to help their parents. The girls enjoy earning money for doing these jobs; however, it seems that people work a lot, especially grown-ups, and they decide they would like to learn more about the jobs that grown-ups do. Their exploration into various jobs begins with spending time with Joe who is a fisherman. The three girls join Joe for a weekend and learn all about fishing in Scotland, specially being a creel fisherman like Joe. The girls learn how Joe became a fisherman and about the various duties related to this career choice.
The reader is transported to Scotland and into the lives of the Mackenzie sisters who are curious about why grown-ups work and what kinds of jobs they do. This book explores a fishing career and what all this entails. Joe the Fisherman is filled with a lot of information related to fishing, but also the area of Scotland in which the sisters and Joe live. The highlight of this book for me is the beautiful photographs! Each and every photograph is gorgeous and captures the scene so wonderfully as they are vivid and filled with details. This is an excellent start to the series and I am looking forward to more books. This would be a wonderful addition to a school counselor’s library or someone working with elementary age girls as an excellent resource for a career exploration unit of study.