Children's LiteratureI rememberas a kidhearing about Pinkeye, but I never really knew much about it. This title provides a clear and simple explanation of this common childhood disease. It also cautions kids that Pinkeye is contagious and urges good hygiene. The "yuck factor" is high with a picture of an eye filled with pus and a greatly-magnified view of a white blood cell. This entry in the "Rookie Read-About Health" series will not only inform kids and give reassurance that the disease can be fairly quickly cleared up, but may also alert parents and other caregivers to the signs of pinkeye, and what steps to take. 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.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2-In an effort to be approachable and conversational, the author sacrifices fact in exchange for cuteness in all three books. And in Pinkeye, if the simplistic text doesn't turn children off, the up-close-and-personal color photo of pinkeye (complete with dripping pus) will. The text on some pages is as insipid as, "Good morning, bright eyes!" or "Do you hear?" There just isn't enough information included in these books to make purchase worthwhile, and although they are intended to be for beginning readers, even children who suffer from these conditions will find very little to reassure or instruct them.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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