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The Kid Who Wants to Become an Engineer by Sannette Viljoen is about a child named Alvin and takes kids through a simple series of explorations of the engineering world around them—sights and sounds they see every day. Alvin is traveling to spend Christmas with his grandparents and is an observant child. He notices the bridges they cross, the airplanes and airport, the harbor from the air as they land. Like every child, he is curious about the things he sees. Once his family has arrived in South Africa for Christmas his grandmother, and his grandfather--a retired civil engineer—explain to him the different kinds of engineers and the skill and work that have created each of the things he’s noticed.
Sannette Viljoen packs a meaty amount of information into this picture book, making it a perfect introduction to engineering for little kids. I think it’s an excellent companion to a child’s natural observations—kids can be reminded of how many times they’ve seen these things as they go around their home and city. Engineering is something they’ve thought about all the time and just never been aware! Alvin’s personality jumps off the page, enhanced by light-hearted, cheery illustrations that bring Alvin’s world to life, complete with lots and lots of bridges, boats, trains, and Christmas lights. Topics covered include aviation, mechanical, civil, chemical, marine, and electrical engineers, with terse descriptions of what each one does. I found this to be pretty useful for refreshing my knowledge as well, as it is both concise and detailed. This well-handled, focused book will certainly help some kids discover that they’re The Kid Who Wants to Become an Engineer.
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