Cover image for Who will I be? / Abby Huntsman ; pictures by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.
Who will I be? / Abby Huntsman ; pictures by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.
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This inspiring debut picture book from The View cohost--and new mom!--Abby Huntsman explores the value of service and the extraordinary power of giving back.

When Isabel's teacher asks her students who they want to be when they grow up, Isabel doesn't have an answer.

Isabel knows it makes her happy to help her friends, neighbors, and family--but can a person really grow up to be a helper?

It's time for Isabel to open her eyes and her heart and see all the different jobs people do: the police officers, firefighters, soldiers, teachers, doctors, and clergy who dedicate their lives to helping people every day.

With heartwarming words by The View cohost Abby Huntsman and stunning pictures by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, this uplifting story is for any parent who wants to inspire strong values in their child: giving back, helping others, and serving your community.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The View cohost Huntsman makes her picture book debut with this well-intentioned though bland story starring Isabel, who's crestfallen because she has no answer to her teacher's question, "Who do you want to be when you grow up?" When Isabel shares her conundrum with her father, he asks, "What makes you happy?" and based on her reply suggests, "Maybe you want to be someone who helps people." As they walk home, he points out such service workers as a crossing guard, police officer, librarian, garbage collector, and pastor. Some prosaic scenarios add to the book's message: as a reporter interviews a fireman who's rescued a kitten in a tree, Isabel's father explains, "Journalists make sure we know what's happening." And after joining them, the girl's mother, who "worked at the mayor's office... because Isabel's mom was the mayor!", notes, "My job is to help the people of this city by listening to them and passing laws to make their lives better." Chipper mixed-media pictures by Lew-Vriethoff (The Invisible String) give the story its oomph, illuminating its message about the rewards of helping others and the value of service workers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.