Review of The Little Doctors Handbook for Babies and Toddlers

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Review of The Little Doctors Handbook for Babies and Toddlers

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Little Doctors Handbook for Babies and Toddlers" by Dr. Haitham Ahmed.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Having any parcel delivered is always a delight. Opening a package with beautifully presented books inside is particularly pleasant. Three little children's books came encased in a colorful, open box with just the spines showing. The entire item was shrink-wrapped. The muted primary colors and the illustrations were inviting. The board book pages appear sturdy enough to withstand baby drool and toddler chewing.

This collection is part of a series calledThe Little Doctors Handbook for Babies and Toddlers and is subtitled How to Conduct a Successful Check-Up. I love that the point of view is directed to the child as if they were the doctor learning how to do an examination. Each book contains a different topic. Dr. Haitham Ahmed, the author, advises readers in three parts: Symptoms, Physical Examination, and Treatment. After reading these books, children will know what to expect when they go in for a visit themselves.

The simple rhyming text on each page is accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Kate Ivanova. Four children in the story are shown going through an exam. The pictures show diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, and physical handicaps. My favorite rhyme in the second book pairs the word sphygmomanometer with the word tongue-twister. Ivanova's illustration appropriately shows the child doctor taking a patient's blood pressure.

Aside from the two instances when the rhyme scheme was a little rough, I found nothing to dislike in these books. The medical vocabulary is obviously too advanced for a book-tasting child, but after repeated readings by an adult, the child will grow into the terminology, and the sturdy books should last through med school.

My rating is five out of five. The editing was flawless, and the reading experience was extraordinary. This would make a wonderful gift for a baby shower as a way of encouraging entrance into the medical field. It would also be a wonderful addition to a pediatrician's waiting room. Other books in this series are available that cover topics such as neurology, cardiology, and dentistry.

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It’s always easier for a kid to endure a new experience when he or she has been adequately prepared for it. It is especially helpful when the preparation comes from a parent or other trusted adult. I think these books are an excellent way to do just that. Thanks!
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Thanks, Amy. I appreciate your comment.
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