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Penelope Popper, Book Doctor

Penelope Popper, Book Doctor

by Toni Buzzeo

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1�3—Penelope Popper wants to be a doctor. She likes to listen to her friends' heartbeats, take their blood pressure, and check their reflexes. To her disappointment, not everyone is as enthusiastic as she is about doctoring. The librarian comes up with a great way to help the discouraged would-be physician. She suggests that Penelope learn how to be a book doctor and shows the little girl how to clean and repair damaged books. Penelope practices her new skills on the large classroom dictionary, impressing her classmates. Each of Ms. Brisco's lessons is inspired by one of the rules of book care, the first of which is, "Wash your hands before reading a book." When the classroom dictionary falls behind the radiator, Penelope employs her know-how to save it. Her teacher rewards her efforts with a badge engraved with the words, "Penelope Popper Book Doctor." The upbeat narrative is further enlivened by cheerful illustrations depicting Penelope, an earnest girl with red hair and freckles, in her bright and pleasant classroom and school library. With its soft edges and palette of springtime colors, each painting reflects the positive tone of the story. Readers will cheer Penelope on in pursuit of her dream to have a medical career while they learn the importance of treating books with respect. Pair this delightful title with Gillian Shields's Library Lily (Eerdmans, 2011).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

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Highsmith Incorporated
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8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Toni Buzzeo (tonibuzzeo.com), a former English teacher and elementary school librarian, divides her time between Sarasota, Florida, and Buxton, Maine.

David Small (davidsmallbooks.com) is a Caldecott Medal winner, National Book Award finalist, and Christopher Award winner, among other honors. The illustrator of more than forty books, he lives in southern Michigan.

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