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Jake's Kindergarten Checkup: A My Sister, Me and Dr. Dee Paperback – January 10, 2016
Starting Kindergarten is a huge milestone in a child's life and Dr. de Freitas' book about preparing for this school checkup is a valuable tool for parents, children and health care providers.
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A great addition to your toddler or kindergartener's bookshelf!
This book addresses the apprehensions and fears of that critical check-up through the eyes of Jake. He knows it is inevitable and must face his fears as he, his mom and little sister Chloe, prepare for his clinical visit culminating in the dreaded "shot!"
His family gives him support through all the steps of the examination. They watch as he is analyzed inside and out and then the moment he's been frightened of finally arrives. Will he be brave and take it like a mini-man? Will it hurt so much he may burst into tears? Oh my... his little sister senses his worry and steps in to save the day. They are both rewarded with victory trophies that look a lot like lollipops.... cherry for Jake and orange for Chloe, which are the best kind of prizes for sure, when you are that age.
This book is comprehensive and the illustrations are perfect to let your child visualize step-by-step what is happening at that crucial doctor's visit. The author is an actual pediatrician who is involved with health education. The book is educational and will sooth your child's fears as you read through it, discuss it and give her/him a heads-up as to what will be taking place.
The author wisely has included at the the end of the book, "Dr. Dee's Well Child Checkup For Parents." She explains that ongoing checkups are important to keep track of your child's growth, development and immunizations. She then gives you seven tips to help you make your child's health check a successful event, suggesting that you end up with celebration of completion.
This is a wonderful resource for your home, to be placed in all doctor's offices to be read while you wait to be seen by your practitioner, in all libraries and classrooms. I highly recommend this book.
Why Jake’s mother (when Jake asks), the nurse (when Jake asks), or the doctor (when Jake asks) don’t give Jake an honest answer that he will get a shot is a mystery. Throughout the book, Jake seems to have a greater fear of the unknown than the shot itself, particularly when people are giving him vague answers. That is not a weakness of the author’s writing, but instead just a product of the doctor Jake’s mother chose for him. Perhaps if his mother had this book, she could have used the checkup tips for parents at the end of the book.
Luckily, Jake’s little sister also accompanies him to his checkup, and she provides wonderful support for someone so young and tiny. Ultimately, she gets Jake through the ordeal relatively unscathed. The illustrations are nothing fancy, but they get the point across. What sticks out is how positive the nurse and doctor appear. While the illustrations capture Jake’s fear, he looks more nervous than terrified. It is enough to convey the emotion to the child reader without going too far.
This is a great read for any kid prior to a checkup, but it has plenty of re-readability, as well.
The book is a reassuring step-by-step introduction to Dr. Dee's (the pediatrician's) office. It carefully explains what Jake encounters, minimizing the apprehension of the necessary "shot." The realistic illustrations will help to allay any fears but honestly includes what Jake and others can expect.
Especially helpful are the step for parents included at the book's conclusion. Well-done--thumbs up!
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.