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Author: Charlotte Cowan, MD

Illustrator: Katy Bratun

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Publisher: The Hippocratic Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Sadie (a giraffe) is very excited about the school art fair. She has been making bead necklaces, but now she's not feeling so well. When Dr. Hippo tells her it is strep throat, Sadie wants to know what she (and her Mom) can do to get all better in time for the fair. This title in the Dr. Hippo series helps families recognize the symptoms of strep. It also includes a pull-out guide for parents.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Age of Child: Started reading with a 6-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: We were asked to read this a couple of nights in a row. There was an ulterior motive. S/he wanted us to get to the page about Popsicles and ice cream and remind us that ice cream is good when you're sick!

Adult Reader Reaction: The good news is our child listened to what Dr. Hippo had to say! The story is great for preschool and elementary-aged students. We love how it offers information about illnesses in a way kids can understand, but also includes a factual information card at the back.

Pros: Kids will easily relate to Sadie, in this picture book about getting sick at the "wrong time."

Cons: Sadie tells her mom that she's making a surprise, but then it drops, with no other visual or text references. At the end, a judge comments on "Popsicle Sadie," giving you a hint at what the surprise might be, but it is a pretty subtle reference. Preschoolers love surprises, but if you can't find it, then they may be disappointed.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least! Depending how often your child gets a sore throat, s/he may want to cuddle up with Sadie. The book helps them learn the symptoms and treatment, and Mom & Dad have a factual information card to help, too. This is a great book for a new Mom or mom-to-be.


Educational Themes: Kids understand sore throats (and strep), because they are common ailments. In addition to getting some factual information (symptoms, treatment), the story also offers ideas for things kids can do while they get better.

Notes: 2008 Gold Recipient: Illustrated Series, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, health, illness

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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