The humorous illustrations of animals in human situations, such as lying on an examining table, make Does a Hippo Say Ahh? a light hearted introduction to a serious subject in this volume from the "Early Experiences" series. Children who are prepared for new experiences do not have the fear of the unknown that is sometimes part of a visit to a medical doctor or dentist, and the use of an entertaining book that can be shared is a good tool for allaying such fear. Emily Bolam's illustrations of happy, friendly animals and the people who deal with them add reassurance that this is a book about a good and happy time for a child. For adults, especially new parents, a list of health areas to be regularly checked is a helpful guide, and the explanation of medical terms can prevent misunderstandings. As parents learn more about their children's needs, they also need more information about how to meet those needs. The idea of going to a clinic rather than a family doctor might be helpful for some parents. It is nice to see a daddy pictured in a doctor's office!
Fred Ehrlich, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist, has spent dozens of years advising families on the emotional and physical care of young children. He is the author of many highly acclaimed children's books. Emily Bolam's first children's book was publ
Emily Bolam's first children's book was published upon her graduation from art school. She has been creating board books and picture books ever since. She lives in Brighton, England.