I read this to my 5 year over the last few evenings and I've never seen her so fascinated by a story. Both the story and the pictures are really engaging and she could easily relate to the inquisitive nature of the 3 little sisters. After 3 years of reading deathly dull children's books it is great to have something where we both ended up learning something - I think I could hold my own in a conversation now on sustainable prawn fishing!
Holiday sorted for next year - the little madam wants to go and meet Joe!
by James Dunn
This series is very intriguing. I am particularly drawn to the fact that you are including work that is often ignored in our society. I urge you to do more of these working class related texts. I will buy these to add to my collection of books about labor/work. I can see these being high interest for children. And the photos are great.
by Jaye Thiel
“Really detailed and informative books, which contain exactly the questions that intelligent children ask, and adults are often unable to answer. There is fun, humour and a wonderful sense of place too.”
by Dr. Ken Grieg
“As an educator in the US there is more and more stress placed upon children being able to access non-fiction writing. Within her books, Mairi McLellan has done something many children’s authors are unable to do: she has created non-fiction books that are compelling and highly readable. May all of children’s non-fiction literature begin to engage students as McLellan’s books do. If this is a new trend in children’s books, teachers across the US would be so grateful.”
by Marlene Moyer
“What makes these books noteworthy are the practical details from the mouths of the real workers, which fascinate rather than bore. It’s eye-opening stuff.”
by Teach Primary Magazine
“Utterly charming, full of facts and a great career guide. Life’s an adventure in Mairi McLellan’s Highland village and she cleverly explains complicated things by letting children ask all the questions. These books are a lovely bedtime read, a super career guide and a fun encyclopaedia, all rolled into one.”
by Tony Boullemier
These are some very interesting books. They are filled with information, but it doesn't seem like it's being shoved in your face. The kids ask basic questions, but you don't feel like the author thinks you're stupid. I hope there are many more to come in this series.
by Allison Dollar