From School Library Journal ea. vol: photogs. by Jim Judkis. unpaged. (Mister Rogers' First Experiences Bks.). CIP. Putnam. 1988. PLB $12.95; pap. $5.95. PreSchool-Grade 2 In his usual tone of sympathetic understanding and gentle reassurance, Mr. Rogers discusses the common childhood traumas of hospitalization and grief over the loss of a pet. Large, clear color photographs support the texts. Going to the Hospital follows two appealing preschool age children, a pigtailed black girl and red-headed white boy, as they experience the preliminary procedures of getting an identification bracelet, being examined with various instruments, having blood drawn, and talking with a nurse and doctor, while comforting but straightforward explanations for the procedures are given. Since most of the pictures are posed, no one looks frightened or in pain. No details of surgery or postoperative recovery are shown. The Hospital Book (Crown, 1981) by James Howe is more comprehensive and realistic, but with its black-and-white photographs of actual hospitalized children and longer text, it is better suited to older children more able to absorb the complicated and sometimes disturbing information. Sara Stein's A Hospital Story (Walker, 1984) follows a little girl's tonsillectomy well but is more limited. All of these books have helpful information directed to parents. When a Pet Dies portrays a Hispanic family whose dog dies and a white family whose cat dies. The animals are not shown suffering. The grieving children are posed as feeling sad and angry, being comforted by their parents, asking questions about death, conducting a pet funeral, and finally adjusting to the loss. In the text the theme is delicately expanded to embrace all sorrow and the happy fact that the love, once shared, lives on. Again, although there is other good literature in this field such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (Atheneum, 1971) by Judith Viorst, Jim's Dog Muffins (Greenwillow, 1984) by Miriam Cohen, and It Must Hurt a Lot (Multnomah, 1985) by Doris Sanford, this nonfiction book is more explicit and specific. The format and typography are clear and attractive, the language and concepts simple but sound psychologically, and the material geared either for an adult to share or for children to read alone. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Vtinsville, Va.Grades 3-6Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more About the Author Producer, magician, writer, puppeteer, minister, husband, father, Fred Rogers started out in children's television thirty years ago. The direction he trailblazed was the 'creation of television programming that spoke, with respect, to the concerns of early childhood, not as adults see it but as children feel it.' He has received virtually every major award in the television industry for work in his field, and dozens of others from special-interest groups. Fred Rogers lives in Pennsylvania. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more
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