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A Doctor Like Papa Hardcover – April 30, 2002


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Grade 2-4-A fine beginning chapter book. Margaret is the strong, smart daughter of a Vermont family doctor in 1918. She accompanies her father on his rounds as he visits neighbors and is paid for his services in chickens and apples. The 11-year-old loves to help her Papa, and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Unfortunately, Mama does not agree that this is an attainable goal for a girl, and so discourages her daughter. The family is also affected by World War I when Uncle Owen is called into service. Margaret and her younger brother enjoy life as children, even with the news of the world and the hardships of life going on around them. The influenza epidemic, which hits their community, also brings drama to this tale. Good suspense and believable characters are the hallmarks of this short but well-written story. A good, easy choice for any collection.
JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2-4. Margaret's dream of becoming a doctor like her father is put to the test in 1918 in rural Vermont. Her wishes for a sister, a dog, and for Mama to allow her to study medicine are set aside when Uncle Owen is declared missing in the war in France, and a deadly flu epidemic threatens the entire state. Margaret must use her wits and what she learned from watching her father at work to protect herself and her brother and save a young girl's life. Plot driven, the short chapters read quickly, conveying the conditions of the time and place. The ending is tidy and the characterizations are superficial, but the impact of a remote war, the strong family ties, and a girl's determination to follow her dream are clearly drawn. Margaret gets her wishes along with an understanding of human nature and an affirmation of her ambition. An easy read for historical context. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060293195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060293192
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
We recently finished Lumber Camp Library and loved it so much we were excited to read another by the author. We just finished reading A Doctor Like Papa --from start to finish. It was a slim book. It took me about an hour to read aloud. I had to continue reading because it ended up being a book primarily about the Influenza Epidemic and no part seemed a good place to put it down; I didn't want to leave on a macabre note and hoped against mounting odds that it would be a happily redeemed ending. I didn't want the girls to go to bed thinking about dead families in back rooms of houses without smoke coming from the chimney and orphaned children huddling alone in houses filled with corpses. It was in the children's section. Geesh. I thought it best to leave off the post script about 50 million people dying from the flu. And I have not even touched upon the WWI references and the amputee uncle sitting on the porch shell shocked. I thought the brutality of real life and death was too deep in this book for tender hearted children. Lumber Camp Library is a keeper, however
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Margaret wants is a sister, a dog, and, most important of all, her mama's permission to study medicine so she can be a doctor like her papa. When a deadly flu epidemic threatens the entire state, Margaret must use what she learned from watching her father at work to protect herself and her brother and save a little girl's life.
This is a lovely story that will excite children's imagination. It shows little girls and boys as well that they can be what ever they set their minds to be. This book is great for bringing about discussions on medical history, the 1900's family life, and character lesson on determination.
We would recommed this book to mainly girl readers ages 9-12. If you enjoy the Little House on the Prarie series we feel that you will enjoy A Docotr Like Papa.
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