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These (mostly) anonymous stories are translated and illustrated from per­son­al essays sub­mit­ted to con­tests spon­sored by the Yid­dish schol­ar­ly and cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tion, YIVO, in the 1930s. With the current skills gap in construction, as well as the challenges in recruiting young, diverse talent into our industry, it is important to highlight what an exciting and wide-ranging career construction can provide. The storybook gives an engaging introduction to the sector at a young age and helps promote STEM subjects to children who otherwise may not consider this path. It is so important that we inspire future generations now, to propel our industry forward.” For us this partnership is mutually beneficial, supporting our recruitment strategy by helping to inspire and motivate our future workforce, thus ensuring our next generation of talent will enable us to deliver on our purpose of engineering a better future for our planet and its people.” The book’s title comes from one of the best-known songs from the show of one of the best-known children’s books (Matilda) and at one point, in search of an expert opinion on her topic, Sarner consults the children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson. Wilson’s candid view of adulthood is amusingly dismissive: “That’s when you start to pretend.” While Sarner disagrees with Wilson, she recognises that much inauthentic maturity consists of versions of impostor syndrome, what one interviewee describes as feeling “like a pretender in an adult’s body”. Another, a retired academic, speaks of working in an institution where it was “important to put up a front”, a persona concealing a more radical personality. Several interviewees describe quailing at the responsibilities that arrive with parenthood and yet, conversely, feel initiated by them into a new maturity. When I Grow Up and Faithful+Gould are delighted to announce a new partnership for 2023 which will see a collaborative approach in helping the social value initiative reach as many children as possible.

This year Keltbray are celebrating World Children’s Day on 20 November with the exciting re-launch of the bespoke, award-winning storybook, ‘When I Grow Up’. The book is written by Rich Smith, Pre-Construction Director of Highways at Keltbray, to inspire as many bright young minds as possible and encourage them to consider a career in construction. Paired with interactive workshops, the book is aimed at primary school aged children and promotes STEM as an exciting and engaging career. Of the book, Rich says: The Letter-Writer — a glimpse into the Yid­dish press, as well as the Kafkaesque ordeal of a 20-year-old Jew fight­ing Amer­i­can legal restric­tions against immi­gra­tion


The nature and the desirability of adulthood is not a straightforward matter in an age in which it is quite possible to spin out childhood to the end of one’s days. Is this good for society? Is it good for the individual? These are non-trivial questions and the answer has to be, as in so many matters: it depends. I feel Sarner is right to believe that there is such a being as a mature adult with a well-preserved and nourishing inner child, rare as this ideal may be. But her book suggests that as a society we are bad at producing these – and that there are too many stranded unhappily in the outreaches of childhood, unable to find any new and sustaining ground.

The theme for 2022 is Inclusion, For Every Child perfectly complimenting ‘When I Grow Up’ which was written to engage all, with a diverse and relatable class of characters to motivate as many different children as possible and show that construction is a career for all and that they can have their say, make a difference and leave a lasting impact. I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Faithful+Gould to our collaborative team, made up of organisations and individuals from across the industry who are all working together to promote the industry to the next generation. The support of Faithful+Gould is huge and we hope this will encourage others across the industry to join in supporting When I Grow Up. 🚀 The partnership will see Faithful+Gould distribute copies of When I Grow Up to their own staff as well as the local communities they work in. It’s a privilege to be able to re-launch the book to the wider industry in honour of World Children’s Day, so that we can reach a new audience and inspire the next generation to consider a career in construction. Through education, we can do our part in creating a better future for our young people and ensure they have the necessary tools to carve out a meaningful career. We want When I Grow Up to be used across our industry in support of social value commitments. The book is free of any company branding so that everyone, no matter where they work can get involved!” Rich Smith, author of When I Grow Up.Having an ear and passion for music, she played the mandolin, sang, and dreamt of enrolling in the Music Conservatory until at 19 years old, her hopes were dashed and her music became mournful. Her family was in turmoil having been torn apart by drinking, abandonment, divorce, theft, and imprisonment. From the prize-winning author of The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt , a stunning graphic narrative of newly discovered stories from Jewish teens on the cusp of WWII. It would have been nice to see more of the types of careers kids want to be when they grow up, since a lot of kids tend to say they want to be firefighters or teachers or gymnasts, for example. These are all also the thoughts of children, so even a slight focus on each of these ideas, from the same perspective of being a child and how childhood injects more fun into careers, would have been nice. However, the premise of 'When I Grow Up' will resonate with readers young and old, increasing nostalgia for one's youth and capturing the minds of those still in that age range. The Boy Who Liked a Girl — a 20-year-old boy is tor­ment­ed by the con­flict between his roman­tic feel­ings and his spir­i­tu­al aspi­ra­tions, and by the irrec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences between sec­u­lar and reli­gious Jews I have been a "Weird Al" fan for most of my life, so I was very anxious to see how his treatment of a children's book would be. "Weird Al" is a master craftsman when it comes to writing original music that spoofs another band's or singer's style, as well as writing parodies. It seems he is also a master craftsman of children's book.

When I Grow Up' by Tim Minchin, and illustrated by Steve Antony, is a fanciful story about the excitement of considering what to be as a grown-up. It not only considers more academically-oriented ideas such as being smart enough to answer all types of questions, but also the more innocent and endearing thoughts of kids who say and think the darndest things, such as being able to eat sweets all of the time, while going to bed as late as one would like. The perspective is endearing, in that it truly shows how children think and what they consider to be the most important aspects of childhood that will clearly pave the way to adulthood. Like any responsible business, we at Faithful+Gould understand we have a moral obligation in improving real lives and playing a part in creating resilient, aspirational communities. It is therefore vital that businesses such as ours continue to work with the world of education, and together continue to empower and support future generations to build a legacy for themselves and those around them” The art is rough, but I think the style goes well with the stories — like rough sketches in a diary. The stories are beautiful and I’m glad they were found. It’s nice to read stories about Jewish teens just living their lives, but harrowing to know what was to come.I appreciated, however, that this was not about how these people died but how they lived. In one case a multi-generational tale of a family with eight daughters, in another someone writing letters to be admitted to the United States, in still another a folk singer. Much of what they recount is ordinary teenage stuff along with some of the clash of modernity vs. tradition. In this way it both recreates a lost world and also shows how similar that world is to our own.

A 20-year-old boy wrote of his infatuation with a girl before immersing himself into his faith to become a Bokher and lamenting his lost youth. We also welcome collaboration and sharing of the storybook with other contractors, subcontractors and supply chain partners. The book is completely devoid of any branding, so that others can easily use it to deliver their own social value and engage local communities. The storybook can be used as needed, and resources created to target a wider range of children. We invite all of Keltbray, as well as our delivery partners, local schools, charities and community groups to use the book and help maximise its reach. The Folk Singer — a 19-year-old girl’s bond with her father and their love of music, even though he betrayed their family and left to be with another womanOn the plus side, with this book I complete one of my many projects for the year. In this case it's reading all the books on NPR's "Books We Love 2021: Favorite Comics and Graphic Novels" list. Forced to quit school because he was Jewish, a 20-year-old from a wealthy family wrote of organizing a Zionist group, celebrating Bar Mitzvah, and his global writing campaign to emigrate to the U.S. I don't want to overstate the dark aspect, the shadow that hangs over it. The artwork is very good and presents the stories with humor and compassion. And the recovery and, hopefully, presentation of more of these autobiographies can only do more good than bad. But good isn't always painless. Sharing the human loss, putting human faces to the numbers, keeps the Holocaust from becoming some abstract chapter in history. Real lives, real futures were cut short or profoundly altered and we need to remember both for their sake and for our future sake, we have to remember what can happen when hatred and prejudice becomes institutionalized and government sanctioned. What’s going to happen to the children, when there aren’t any more grownups?” sang Noël Coward, satirising the self-indulgent hedonism of the 1920s. But Coward’s ironic lyrics seem even more relevant today when the traditional values of adulthood, self-control, self-sufficiency and the willingness to take responsibility have become sources of angst rather than a desirable, if difficult, end. So what then, if anything, has been lost? In her book, journalist and psychotherapist Moya Sarner attempts to find answers to this question. Wisely, this young hero realizes that the answer to "what will you be when you grow up?" may not be simple. Learning from his grandfather, who held many jobs throughout his life, the boy suggests one outlandish occupation after another, not ruling out the possibility of trying each in turn.

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