- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: ZonaBooks, LLC; 1st edition (July 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988886138
- ISBN-13: 978-0988886131
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don't Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Paperback – July 15, 2015
KIRKUS REVIEW In their debut, co-authors Altman and Jacobson explain to young readers the appropriate uses for the nose, ears and mouth and what should go in them and what should not. Breakfast foods, like bacon and fried eggs, do not go in the ears or nose. Neither do toy cars, bumblebees, chopsticks, stones, small animals, or art supplies no matter how tempting it is to poke them up the nostril or through the ear canal. And why not? For one thing, Ears have really small holes that lead into your head // Sounds should enter in them and never stuff like bread! Plus, it scares doctors and parents and causes pain. Instead, the authors explain that the nose is just for smelling and the ears just for hearing. The short book turns to many examples to drive home its message, in both text and illustrations. Young children will find these examples familiar and comical the perfect combination to emphasize a point to the age group most likely to squeeze a straw or crayon where they shouldn t. A couple of the rhymes sound a bit forced Playing with your racecars? / Have fun...but this, I shout: / Toy cars up your nostrils / May never race right out. But the kids won t notice the slight stiltedness. They ll be too distracted by the amusing illustrations on every page: bright colors, animals, and a diverse cast of goofy kids playing outside, painting, and exploring the world around them. Altman, an ear, nose, and throat specialist, and Jacobson do a great job speaking to their audience. They acknowledge that it may be enticing to put stuff where it shouldn t go, but they don t do it sternly. Instead they bring up the repercussions with simple language and pictures, always keeping the tone light and positive. A fun, practical book that will make kids laugh and learn. --Kirkus Review
Foreword Reviews Through humor and clever rhymes, tots learn why they shouldn t stick things in their noses or ears. Considering how much young children like fitting small things in holes think of the mania surrounding Legos it s no wonder some tots wind up inserting crayons in their nostrils and ears. Any ear, nose, and throat doctor could likely brag of the bizarre things he or she has removed; one was so inspired that he penned a humorous board book to warn kids. Don t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!, by Jerald S. Altman, MD, and Richard Jacobson, high-contrast pictures and clever rhymes to teach children to keep hazardous objects out of their orifices. The authors begin with what should be put in one s mouth breakfast and then add: No bacon in your ears, / No fried eggs up your nose. / Even though it s tempting, / That s not where breakfast goes. From there they instruct that smells, not sticks, go in noses. Likewise, they write, Ears have really small holes / that lead into your head. / Sounds should enter in them / and never stuff like bread! Don t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! maintains just the right level of warning for young audiences. In place of scary discussion of medical emergencies, Altman and Jacobson caution kids while keeping the language and tone light: Keep the weird stuff out, friends, / For everybody s sake. They also rely on the illustrated facial expressions of kids, parents, and doctors to hint at the pain and worry caused by a marker stuck in a nose.The pages are notably thick and sturdy making the title perfect for repeated reads in the classroom or at home, and more than durable enough for the wear and tear of a doctor s waiting room. Altman and Jacobson cleverly use repetition to drill their safety message into young minds. Twice they repeat the refrain Don t stuff stuff in your ears. / Don t stick sticks up your nose. / Even though it s tempting, / That s not where that stuff goes. They use a similar phrasing with slight variations elsewhere in the book, thereby missing out on creating a cohesive sing-song rhythm that would have kept their valuable lesson bouncing around in young heads. Caregivers will be amused that the authors treat likely hazards such as crayons and sticks the same as more ridiculous things such as frogs and beehives, underscoring that there really is nothing curious toddlers won t try to jam in their ears and nose. Yet the ultimate audience is kids, because in reading Don t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!, curious tots will get to see what happens when you stick a lollipop in your ear, without having to endure the resultant headache. --ForeWord Reviews
This is a book that should be in every hospital waiting room that treats children for ear, nose and throat problems. In a book loaded with levity, the book does not lose its mission which is to educate our young people regarding foreign bodies and misplacing them in different orifices of our bodies. This is a must-have for all families, doctors and institutions that treat or see children on a regular basis. --Rande H. Lazar, M.D.
About the Author
DR. JERALD ALTMAN is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon (ENT Doctor). After publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles, he recognized the need for a children's book dealing with a common problem in his practice.
Dr. Altman is recognized as a Phoenix Top Doc. He is a general Otolaryngologist and he loves taking care of children's ear, nose and throat issues. The idea for this book came from his pediatric patients and their incessant need to put things where they shouldn't go!
Co-author RICHARD JACOBSON Studied architecture at Yale University and has spent most of his adult life designing interiors, landscapes, tablescapes, clothing... and just about anything else that can be fashioned in a creative way. He lives in Phoenix and enjoys training dogs, birds and topiaries in his spare time. Once collaborating with Altman's seven-year old daughter on a painting for her newly-decorated bedroom, her mother asked her how she had enjoyed the experience. She replied bluntly--"He's a little controlling." Years later, her accurate judgment tempered the rhyming verses he used to gently guide young children's behavior.
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Top Customer Reviews
Have you ever been tempted to put something in your ear, or up your nose? Don't do it, that's not where that stuff goes. Food in your mouth, OK, smelling a rose, OK, glasses over your eyes, OK! But nothing in your ears or in your nose. Nothing, I Say!
The authors, Dr. Jerald Altman and Richard Jacobsen have had experience with children and maybe even some adults putting things in their noses and ears. We all know noses are to smell with and to sneeze with. And we know ears are to hear with. If we put something in our ears, we can't hear, who wants that.
This is a wonderful story told in rhyme about keeping things out of our ears and noses. Things that just don't belong. It is written with children in mind, but it is good advice for adults, also. Whatever you do, don't put anything in your nose or your ears that don't belong. Eggs in your nose, balloons in your ears, NO, NO, NO!
The writing is superb told in a fun rhyme. The illustrations are colorful, vivid and bright, and depicts children as the storyline continues. What a wonderful time to discuss with children why we don't put things in our ears, eyes and nose. There are consequences for our actions. Some of these things may seem silly, but isn't it better to know what not to do to remain healthy. Parents/Teachers/children can have open discussions about this subject. Now, no spaghetti in your ears, no, never!
Recommended. prisrob 02-27-14
The story open with a simple statement - that on your face there are choices: eyes, ears, mouth and nose. We proceed to breakfast - listing the aspects of breakfast foods that are meant for the mouth - and not the other cavities illustrated. The journey continues with the things that are meant for the nose, the ears and the eyes, and proceeds to list tempting ideas for placing things in each of these orifices that simply cause problems, eventual pain, or are just foolish. The variety of items that should not be inappropriately placed include pizza, roses, bread, bees and so many more items that when placed in the wrong spot are quite simply potentially dangerous - and silly! After the rhyming ideas have been put forth, the authors end with saying, `Don't stick sticks up your nose, Don't stuff stuff in your ears. Smell and listen with them. Hip, hip, hooray! Three cheers!'
This is a terrific mixture of information, behavior modification, and just plain fun reading that should be available to every family with children! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, March 14
This is a smart way, through the charming book to explain to your children why they should not do these things. Very important message. The message is delivered in rhyme, with some humor, which children love. It also has very colorful, enjoyable pictures.
The book gives the child lots of examples what not to stick in one of their orifices, but also tells them things that are acceptable (such as glasses "over" your eyes, food "in" your mouth, but nothing in your ears or nose.
Every toddler needs to have this book read to them.
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