From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–A little girl goes through a routine checkup, including getting a shot. The back page has useful tips for preparing a child for the upcoming appointment. With only a sentence or two or a dialogue balloon per page, the book is a good introduction to the standard procedures. The cartoon illustrations feature colorful scenes and happy people, a good reinforcement of the mood parents want to convey to their offspring. Just what the doctor ordered.–Laurel L. Iakovakis, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
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PreS-K. Cole and Chambliss hit just the right note in this picture-book version of a visit to the pediatrician's office. As in their previous collaborations, such as I'm a Big Brother
(1997) and My Big Girl Potty
(2000), the focus is on the child, the presentation is honest, and the tone is reassuring. When Hannah goes to the doctor's office for a checkup, she plays in the waiting room, the nurse measures her, the doctor examines her, and Hannah waves good-bye to them. Cole doesn't fudge: Hannah does
get a shot "to help her stay healthy," as preschoolers often do. It hurts momentarily, but it's just one aspect of an medical encounter that's generally positive and sometimes even fun.
Directed at parents, the final page offers useful tips for preparing a child in order to make the experience a good one. Clean line drawings tinted with colorful washes and speech balloons that occasionally carry bits of text help create the upbeat tone that makes this little book such a pleasure to read. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved