Children's LiteratureAuthor Macken has written a clear and simple text of twenty-four pages explaining the basic duties of a nurse. Excellent full-page color photographs correspond to the text. For example, the first page explains how nurses help people by taking care of them. The corresponding photograph shows a nurse examining a boy's ear. Other information includes the places where nurses work, the uniforms they wear, and the medical equipment they use, such as a stethoscope or thermometer. There is a photograph showing a nurse taking a young patient's blood pressure and one of a nurse weighing a patient on a scale. The author also explains how a nurse teaches patients to take care of themselves and their families. Although the text is short, there is enough basic information to satisfy a very young reader. There is a glossary that gives the meanings of such words as blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and uniform. Also included is a reading list and Internet sites. Part of the "People in My Community" series. 2003, Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, Ages 5 to 7.
Della A. Yannuzzi