From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—The basics of seeing a doctor and/or nurse are adequately explained with clever, colorful collage illustrations setting the scene and clarifying the explanation. "A is for appointment," "B is for bandage," and "C is for checkup." Some medical tools are included. Physical conditions such as fever and vomit appear, and procedures such as a urine sample and X-ray take readers through the alphabet. Murphy has compiled an interesting array of terms to help children realize that medical professionals are there to help them. "There's no reason to keep feeling yucky when all you have to do is see the doctor to feel…A zillion times better!"—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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Aiming to inoculate children against doctor's-office dread, this picture book offers vocabulary words arranged from A
and bright scenes of children (some smiling, some stoic) interacting with medical professionals. Each entry comes with a brief explanation, which often extends beyond a strict definition: n
explains that "sometimes it's the nurse who gives you a shot." The book's friendly tone and inviting artwork may reassure youngsters, but the format is less than ideal, offering a scattershot mix of genuinely useful words and some, like knee brace,
that merely fulfill the alphabetical requirements. Moreover, the text and mixed-media illustrations don't always work hand in hand; while the artwork accompanying germs
hints at transmission from touching and sneezing, the facts never address how microorganisms might spread. But given the highly charged emotions surrounding the topic, and the dearth of picture books that depict contemporary doctor's appointments (the thermometer is digital, not mercury-filled), many adults will want to add this to their waiting-room arsenal. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved