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Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick; Send for the Doctor, Quick, Quick, Quick Hardcover – March 27, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1966, Mother Mother I Feel Sick Send for the Doctor Quick Quick Quick by Remy Charlip and Burton Supree, has been re-illustrated by Charlip, with silhouette paper cut-outs against a background of Victorian wallpaper. This visual treatment gives the story about a beach ball-shaped boy with a stomach ache a nostalgic look sophisticated enough to lure modern readers. As the doctor removes each item from the boy's stomach (a parasol, a bicycle, etc.), they appear in full color on the opposite spread, and the boy gradually returns to his natural size and shape.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3-5. When a boy complains of feeling sick, his distressed mother sends for the doctor, who operates on his stomach and extracts one impossible object after another, from a teapot to a bicycle. A perennial favorite with preschoolers, this picture book has been reprinted with new backgrounds for its distinctive silhouette illustrations. The new outdoor scenes, softly drawn in shades of blue, make attractive backdrops, though the wallpaper patterns in a few of the interior scenes are too large in scale and detract from the artwork when viewed up close. Hold the book up for the story-hour crowd, though, and its magic still shines through. An appended note explains how to perform the rhyme as a shadow play. May this rejuvenated classic entertain children with its wonderfully absurd story and comical punch line for another 35 years. Carolyn Phelan
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Dear readers: This is a clever, funny story. You can increase your fun by turning it into a shadow play and acting it out. Someone can lay on the floor behind a white sheet and another person can pretend to be the Doctor and pull all sorts of silly objects out of the patient's belly.
with 1st graders. It lends itself to creativity, for example, whatever objects
children (actors) brought to use as swallowed objects, the nurse or doctor (child)
thinks of something to rhyme in a surprised/horrified comment as they bring it into