Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Small Readers: I want to be a doctor by Laura Driscoll, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

This new series, My Community, from the I Can Read! franchise focuses on community helpers. The narrator, a girl with light brown skin and curly dark hair, is at the hospital with her parents and her little brother. Jack jumped off his bunk bed and hurt his foot, maybe even broke it! As they move through the hospital, Jack’s sister meets many different kinds of doctors. Dr. Tate, an Asian woman, is the first doctor they see. She sends them on to a doctor who looks at x-rays, a doctor who fixes broken bones, and Jack’s sister learns that there are many other kinds of doctors too. While they are waiting for Jack, she gets to meet many of them, escorted by Dr. Tate. A list at the end names the different kinds of doctors.

The cheerful art shows a wide diversity of races and genders, and even some diversity in body types, mostly in background figures. I’m not sure why the girl’s name is never given, especially when her brother is named though.

While not very realistic - I can’t imagine even the most friendly doctor taking a child on a casual tour of the hospital and I suspect it would violate privacy laws anyways - this is a good introduction to the different types of medical professionals.

Verdict: A good supplemental resource for units on community helpers or careers.
ISBN: 9780062432414; Published March 2018 by HarperCollins; Purchased for the library

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