Children's LiteratureAmong the common maladies that young children face, earaches have to be at the top of the list. One of the explanations given in the book is that the length of the Eustachian tube in young children is shorter than the one adults have and therefore more susceptible to blockage and infection. In this title, as in the others in the "Rookie Read-About Health" series, a straightforward text explains how the ear is constructed and what may cause an earache. The pictures have a little bit of the gross factor which will not hurt at all. The picture of an infected ear and the one of white blood cells attacking a germ look like something from a science-fiction movie. The basic information emphasizes the need for kids to wash their hands with soap and water to reduce infections. There is a picture glossary entitled "Words You Know," an index, and a brief blurb about the author. 2003, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 7.