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Harry Goes to the Hospital: A Story for Children about What It's Like to Be in the Hospital Hardcover – January 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1433803192 ISBN-10: 1433803194 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433803194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433803192
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2—When Harry gets stomach flu, he is admitted to the hospital, examined, and given an IV and a range of tests. The procedures are explained in straightforward language simple enough for young children to understand. Illustrations, done in soft colors and cross-hatching, show the details of his experiences as well as the comforting presence of parents; the boy's mother remains at his side throughout the stay. An endnote explains the critical role that family can play in preparing a child for hospitalization. This reassuring story is a good choice for public libraries.—Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Howard J. Bennett, M.D., F.A.A.P., is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and a member of the Community Advisory Staff at the Children's National Medical Center. Dr. Bennett is regularly listed as a "Top Doctor" in the Washingtonian magazine.

Dr. Bennett practices pediatrics in Washington, D.C., and lives in Maryland with his wife and two children. The Bennetts share their home with two dogs, a hamster, three incredibly resilient fish, and a million Legos. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Nicely written and illustrated.
Roberta M. Easler
When he received a "patient" doll on a recent follow-up visit, he immediately named it "Dr. Bob," after the doll that Harry played with in the book.
Jen
Harry, like most children, are afraid of the unknown and a trip to the hospital can be a very frightening thing.
D. Fowler

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Format: Paperback
Harry just loved macaroni and cheese and everyone knew something was very wrong when he took "one spoonful and told his mom he wasn't hungry." His brother was chowing down and even his baby sister was enjoying the meal, but he just felt awful. His mom sent him upstairs and he was so sick he just started throwing up and couldn't stop. It was terrible! His dad rushed upstairs to check on him and his mom called the doctor. It was off to the emergency room for Harry! It was something that never happened to him before and he was really scared.

It was a very busy place, but his mom and dad were there to reassure him. Oh, and he had Barney, his stuffed bunny there to help him get through his crisis. He was a little uneasy around this new Dr. Meadows because she didn't check on Barney like Dr. Walker did. She told Harry that he had a "bad case of stomach flu" and that his body would need "some water to make [him] feel better." He was going to have to get the water through something called an "IV." He was all upset and the only thing he wanted to do was go home. Harry's mom told him a nice story about their beach vacation and he closed his eyes and drifted away as the IV was put in place. He was going to have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days, but his mom was going to stay with him. Being in the hospital was scary, but maybe if his mom was there he'd be just fine.

Harry, like most children, are afraid of the unknown and a trip to the hospital can be a very frightening thing. This book does a marvelous job detailing his trip to the hospital and doesn't minimize his emotions or fears. IVs, CAT scans and blood work can be scary for anyone, let alone a child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Harry Goes to the Hospital: A Story for Children About What It's Like to Be in the Hospital is more than an ordinary picturebook. Medical doctor Howard J. Bennett wrote Harry Goes to the Hospital specifically to prepare young people for a hospital stay. Harry Goes to the Hospital addresses many of the difficult things young people can expect: having to stay in bed for hours, funny smells, prickly needles, homesickness, adjusting to the presence of many busy, sick, or worried people, and more. The simple, charming illustrations complement the sympathetic text, which reveals that imagination, reassurance, and just knowing that loved ones are there can all be very helpful during a hospital say. A "Note to Parents" by psychologist Virginia Shiller, Ph.D. rounds out this welcome and needed contribution to public and private children's libraries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TJ Holmes on February 9, 2014
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Most books for kids about being in the hospital present the experience like it's a visit to a museum. This book explains the reality of being hospitalized as a child. There are blood test, IVs, x-rays, etc. But Harry has help along the way. His parents are with him and the doctors and nurses work hard to make him understand why he needs the tests in order to get better. There is even a child life worker who lets Harry deal with his negative feelings by play acting with a doll named Dr. Bob.
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