From the Series Community Helpers
In Crossing Guards, beginning readers will learn how crossing guards help communities by keeping kids safe when they’re walking to and from school. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they find out what crossing guards do on the job.
A labeled diagram helps readers understand how crossing guards help kids cross the street, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about crossing guards online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Crossing Guards also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Crossing Guards is part of Jump!’s Community Helpers series.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
Readers learn about a broad variety of helping professions, including ones that might not immediately come to mind, such as reporters. The cultural diversity of children featured is a positive, although the quality of the stock photographs varies. The major weakness of this set is its lack of a logical flow. Reporters begins with the clear, compelling question (“What do they do?”) but shifts gears to a scene of a journalist at a fair without providing a useful answer. The authors seem unsure whether they’re defining concepts or telling stories, and the books lack concrete facts. Crossing Guards and Lifeguards, while slightly more focused than the others, also suffer from a choppy narrative and dearth of thorough information. VERDICT Though honoring unsung heroes is a laudable intention, this series is confusingly written.