Book reviews: Emergencies

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Check out what children from the Indian School Bahrain thought about some of the latest emergency-themed books for young readers

Going to the Doctor by Kate Petty, Lisa Kopper and Jim Pipe (Franklin Watts, £9.99)

My First Time: Going to the Doctor

This book is about a first-time experience of seeing a doctor and will help children to understand the purpose of and need for regular visits in order to remain healthy. Our school nurse, Adhra, used the book during a ‘show and tell’ session with younger children and even managed to rope in some older children to enact it for her during one of the class assemblies. She found the book to be of great help, especially since immunisation time is around the corner for us.

Younger children found the illustrations very amusing, and Janahi loved the bit where Sam is standing on his toes as his height is being measured by the doctor. This triggered a class discussion about what difference this would make to the children’s heights (a fruitful lesson in maths). Another of our children, Steffi, wanted to know why the teddy was wearing an eye patch.

Suitable for: boys/girls/4-5/6-7/reading aloud

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