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Franklin Goes to the Hospital Paperback – February 1, 2011
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About the Author
Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the In My Neighborhood series and Oma's Quilt. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Brenda Clark is best known as the illustrator of the original Franklin the Turtle series written by Paulette Bourgeois. Other popular titles she has illustrated include Sadie and the Snowman, Big Sarah's Little Boots, and the award winning, Little Fingerling. Brenda lives in Port Hope, Ontario.
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Franklin cracked his shell playing soccer. His Mom noticed it at bath time and they had to see the doctor to put a pin in it so he can grow big and strong. The book included content about preparing for the hospital (Franklin reads a book and talks with friends), what happens at the hospital (the doctors wear hats and masks, the doctor takes his temp/blood pressure, x-rays, etc) and how he is feeling (feeling scared, being brave).
I found this book to be age appropriate for a preschooler, and of an appropriate length- the other books I bought were much longer than typical preschool books. While the overall theme of the book is being brave and what that means, it also covers: not eating before surgery, anesthesia, x-rays, needles, hospital bracelets, wheelchairs, waiting rooms, doctor masks and how hospitals look and smell.
In the book, Franklin gets injured playing soccer, and needs to have a pin put in his shell so that it will grow properly. The book then goes through the steps before and after surgery.
We read this book every night for 3 weeks before my sons surgery. When surgery day came it was very easy to explain who the doctors were, and what was going on and my son seemed less nervous than me.
I highly recommend this book to any family of a preschooler, who has to have surgery big or small.
We read this book several times in the weeks leading up to his surgery and it really helped! He remembered many parts of the book during his pre-op, like getting a bracelet with his name on it. I really think it helped prepare him for what to expect as best as any resource could!
My 22-month-old also fell in love with the book, and asks for it on a regular basis. This ended up being a huge help to us when she knocked herself out in a fall against a metal picnic table and thereby earned herself a 45 minute ambulance ride and an overnight stay in the hospital. By halfway through the ambulance ride she had calmed down and we were able to talk about how what she was seeing and feeling was like what Franklin experienced. (Franklin didn't have an ambulance ride, but did ride a gurney and have heart monitors, and the high wheeled crib Franklin rode in looked just like my daughter's.) She, too, was completely comfortable at the hospital.
You never know when an accident will require a trip to the hospital, and having a story that gives familiarity with the medical process in a fun way helps tremendously in keeping a child from being scared.