Book Description

From Publishers Weekly Aimed at preschoolers facing potentially scary 'firsts', this book reveals in fold-out pages the answers to questions like, 'Who is going to weigh Joey? The nurse. What will Joey stand on? See if you can guess.' Shown is a stool, a scale and a skateboard. Joey stands on the scale with a smiling Mom and nurse. This simple format introduces instruments of a typical check-up: scale, blood-pressure cuff, stethoscope, otoscope, tongue depressor and a syringe. Nothing more terrible than the injection is mentioned; in similar fashion, the dentist visit is only to clean and X-ray Annie's teeth. Both books work gently to familiarize children with medical routines, and, as such, they succeed, while Siracusa's pictures clarify Linn's aims. The books' drawbacks are excessive cheeriness and a lack of information (presented in a way that toddlers can understand) about why people visit doctors. But these are still straightforward and useful. Ages 2-5. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 1 A little girl goes with her mother to the dentist. After a dental assistant gets Annie ready in the chair, the dentist (female) enters to examine her teeth with the explorer, to ``take pictures of Annie's teeth,'' and to polish them. Finally the dentist's assistant paints Annie's teeth with flouride. Illustrations are colorful, realistic, and informative, but it is the format of this that book distinguishes it from the numerous dentist books on a similar level. A question about a procedure is presented on the left-hand page with several choices of answers. The right-hand page then folds open to show how the procedure is done using the chosen instrument. The book encourages reader participation, making it useful even for story programs. Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Pub . Lib . , N.Y.Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more