Vicky Goes to the Doctor

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Vicky doesn’t want to eat or play with her friends. She’s not feeling well, so Mama takes her to see the doctor. The kind doctor takes her temperature and listens to her chest, and gives Mama good advice. Soon Vicky is better again, and playing with her friends. Set in Nigeria, this gentle and reassuring First Experiences story will strike a chord with young children everywhere.
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Overview


Vicky doesn’t want to eat or play with her friends. She’s not feeling well, so Mama takes her to see the doctor. The kind doctor takes her temperature and listens to her chest, and gives Mama good advice. Soon Vicky is better again, and playing with her friends. Set in Nigeria, this gentle and reassuring First Experiences story will strike a chord with young children everywhere.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for A is for Africa:
“. . . an incisive view of her country's rich heritage.” — Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
11/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Vicky, who lives in Nigeria and is about four years old, doesn't want to play or draw with her friends. She won't eat, and when her father feels her forehead, he realizes that she has a fever, so her mother gets Vicky ready to see the doctor. They wait for a taxi that never arrives and then walk to the doctor's office. The actual visit is short but will be fairly comforting to children who might be nervous about seeing a doctor. There's a brief exam and no shots or medication. Vicky seems to be suffering from a mild ailment, and by the next day she is feeling better. The text is very brief—not more than two sentences per page—and reassuring. "Vicky is a little scared, but her mother gives her a big hug." Full-color photos on every page make readers feel that they are right there with Vicky as she goes through her day, finally feeling better and playing with her friends. This comforting look at a common experience also provides a glimpse at life in another country and is easy enough for beginning readers.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-25
Better safe than sorry when you don't feel well.In a small village in eastern Nigeria, Vicky, who looks about 6, watches listlessly as her friends play all around her and doesn't take part. Nor does she join in when they start drawing pictures. Vicky also won't eat her mother's food, a sure sign that something's wrong. Her father feels her forehead; it's hot. Her mother declares she must take Vicky to the doctor. The clinic's not far away, so they're able to walk. The doctor, a grandmotherly woman with wire-rimmed eyeglasses, has a gentle manner. She takes Vicky's temperature and listens to her chest, recommending that the little girl be kept cool and given lots of water. In no time, Vicky feels much better, displaying a healthy appetite and playing and drawing pictures with her friends again. The high-resolution color photographs that illustrate the book provide many interesting details of village life in Nigeria, and Vicky makes a winsome protagonist. In contrast, the story is a bit flat, and Onyefulu's text has the brevity and stiltedness of a primer. This accessibility should appeal to beginning readers, but as a read-aloud it suffers. Ife's First Haircut, a companion piece featuring an adorable male toddler, shares this offering's strengths and weaknesses.A sweet, brief glimpse into a universal childhood experience in a very specific place.(Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847803634
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/7/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Ifeoma Onyefulu’s highly acclaimed children's books are renowned for celebrating both Africa’s traditional village life and its urban life. A is for Africa, her first book, has become a classic children’s title and an icon of cultural diversity. A two-time winner of the Children's Africana Book Award, she lives in London.
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