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What Can I Learn From | Book Series Review

The Children’s Book Review | February 18, 2018

What to Expect: Celebrities, Biography, Motivational.

Everyone today seems to be obsessed with celebrities: what they wear, where they live, who they love, what they do.  Too frequently celebrities make poor role-models, promoting lifestyles that are unhealthy, directionless, or self-centered.  However, celebrities just as often have inspirational stories and skills which are overlooked in the media-storm of bad publicity, and the first two installments in the What Can I Learn From series by Moppet books – What Can I Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Oprah Winfrey and What Can I Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve Jobs – highlights this in a positive and motivational way.

Combining colorful, cartoon-style illustration with playful fonts, this series makes the biographical information of celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs, fun and accessible.  It not only provides the story of each individual’s life, but also includes inspirational quotes that draw attention away from celebrity for celebrity’s sake, and highlight the fact that to earn fame it is necessary to work hard and motivate yourself.  The series also has a further stated goal of encouraging “diversity, determination, and individuality”, and both of these first offerings hold true to this promise.  Each volume ends with suggestions for the reader to set their own goals and life-path, as well as with a further reading list.  Fun to read purely for entertainment, these books would also be wonderful as the focus for classroom projects and activities.  

What Can I Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Oprah WinfreyWhat Can I Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Oprah Winfrey

Written by Melissa Medina and Fredrik Colting

Illustrated by Eszter Chen

Age Range: 5-7

Publisher: Moppet Books (2017)

ISBN: 9780997714586

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What Can I Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve JobsWhat Can I Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve Jobs

Written by Melissa Medina and Fredrik Colting

Illustrated by Natsuko Yoneyama

Age Range: 5-7

Publisher: Moppet Books (2017)

ISBN: 9780997714593

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The review of the What Can I Learn From series was written by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like the titles listed here by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , and .

Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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