This interesting book is one in a series entitled "Separations," dealing with issues such as death, the hospital, moving and divorce. Geared to elementary-aged children, the interesting format is written in a series of personal reflections, which include letters written by and to children experiencing hospital stays. The book begins with a letter written to a boy in the hospital by a friend who has already experienced a hospital stay. It's designed to put the reader at ease, as it seems all children will have this experience at one time or another. The book then moves on to a particular case involving a girl from the time she becomes sick until the time she enters the hospital. The text is short and focuses on the idea that children should be kept informed throughout the process. The format then jumps to issues related to hospital stays such as validating fears, injections, preparing to go, operations, and helping yourself in the hospital. The book stresses keeping in touch with family and friends during the hospital stay as a way of dealing with feelings. There are resources for finding additional information. A nice addition for any pediatrician's office. 2002, Gareth Stevens Publishing,
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Gr 1-4-Series titles that offer advice to children dealing with separation. Each book combines fictional letters and stories with an informational text. The letters reflect children's concerns and the responses, from older family members, provide comfort and suggestions. Death looks at the loss of a parent, a sibling, a grandparent, and a pet. Divorce moves quickly from a story dealing with a child's feelings about not celebrating with Dad on Christmas Day to issues of stepfamilies. This progression might add to the concerns of young readers just beginning to deal with a new family situation. In addition, the implication that everything gets resolved is too simplistic. Hospital is the most solid of the three titles. It discusses the fears associated with hospitalization and offers practical advice. It does not deal with life-threatening illnesses. Preparing and helping oneself while in the hospital are two of the strong sections. Each page includes at least one color photograph or illustration depicting a child of elementary age. These volumes will be best used as introductions and springboards to conversations, or in conjunction with other material.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.