1 - Pete the Plumber Goes To Work - Digital Download
This is the inaugural story for Pete the Plumber’s children’s tales. It is a very simple one and the shortest of the collection listed. As for all of these stories, it was written to be read to little munchkins. As a father of four grown children who read to them a zillion titles (Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, my favorite), I believe this tale is suitable for the child 3 to 5 years of age. (For the already literate, 6 to 10 year old intellects). In this story the author attempts to introduce the concepts of cooperation, empathy and equality (gender/racial/ethnic).
The trades are the perfect lab for this. Probably no activity other than professional sports has a more diverse membership of cooperating practitioners. And, in the 21st Century, a growing portion of those members are female. Hopefully this trend can continue. (See: In the Pipe, The Ladies Reign)
In this story Pete the Plumber describes the sequential stages of building the Smith’s new house, and the need for cooperation between trades in their tasks. Jan the Electrician is a lady electrician, just like PtP’s long time friend, Janet, of Janet Scoll Electric. The other tradespeople in the story will remain gender/racial/ethnic neutral until such time an illustrator delineates that mix...know a good illustrator? (4 pages)
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