What's Bugging Nurse Penny?: A Story about Lice

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Nurse Penny is a fun and funky school nurse who wears honeybee earrings and a butterfly smock and carries a ladybug purse. But there's one kind of bug she'd rather not have around. . .head lice! So she calls a special school assembly to talk about those pesky critters--what they look like, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of them. After all, lice can happen to anyone--even the school nurse!
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Nurse Penny is a fun and funky school nurse who wears honeybee earrings and a butterfly smock and carries a ladybug purse. But there's one kind of bug she'd rather not have around. . .head lice! So she calls a special school assembly to talk about those pesky critters--what they look like, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of them. After all, lice can happen to anyone--even the school nurse!
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"Stier's informational picture book is entertaining without being glib or foolish; it is an interesting-enough story as well as good instruction for prevention or bibliotherapy for those infected." Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Nurse Penny is a joy to be around. She can deal with anything, banishing trouble in no time and finishing with a winner’s fist pump. One afternoon, the students in Nurse Penny’s waiting area are surprised to hear her talking on the telephone in obvious distress. What could be wrong? It turns out that Nurse Penny has head lice and instead of just sneaking off as she had originally intended, she gives a presentation on the subject for a school assembly. She provides facts about lice, mentions historical instances, and gives tips for avoiding lice. Most importantly, she explains that having lice does not mean the person is dirty or unkempt. She then heads home to treat for the lice and returns to school lice-free. The grateful students paper her office walls with inspirational pictures. The cartoonlike illustrations fill the pages with an exuberant Nurse Penny and a variety of students exhibiting a range of emotions. A page with ten facts about lice appears at the end of the book. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. AGERANGE: Ages 5 to 8.
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12/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—This entertaining read will inform children about a common but dreaded occurrence. Nurse Penny, the lovable, fist-pumping school nurse, can tackle anything from tummy aches to bee stings. But, one afternoon the students notice that "something chased away [Nurse Penny's] smile," and they become concerned about her. She starts to head home, but then decides to use her own situation as a teachable moment at an extra-special, last-minute school assembly. Her case of head lice, "those creepy, crawly critters," is presented through fast facts, misperceptions, and simple illustrations. Amusing depictions of known characters, such as mummies and werewolves, are shown—all of whom have been known to be affected by lice in their day. Hair-lice treatment and tips on how to avoid these "pesky little pugs" are discussed in helpful and entertaining ways. Emphasis is placed on lice not being a disease and not being a sign of uncleanliness. Additional facts about lice are included in the addendum, provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Realistic, yet whimsical, illustrations fill each spread, focusing on each character's animated facial expressions. Nurse Penny will dazzle readers with her radiant personality, ladybug handbag, and butterfly-adorned nurse's outfit. Pair this title with Catherine Stier's Bugs in My Hair?! (Albert Whitman, 2008).—Krista Welz, North Bergen High School, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
What is wrong with Nurse Penny? Nurse Penny is a fantastic school nurse. She makes student patients feel better with a fist pump and a "Eureka!…We'll banish this trouble in no time!" One day, however, when Max, Tessa and Van are awaiting treatment, they notice Nurse Penny's usual smile has deserted her. They cheer her up, and that cheer gives her an idea that leads to a surprise all-school assembly about…lice. Nurse Penny lectures the whole school on lice: What they are, where they come from and how to get rid of them. She emphasizes that getting lice is not a sign of a dirty lifestyle and that anyone can get them…even a school nurse! She leaves to treat her problem, and on her return, Max and the other students have an artistic surprise for Nurse Penny. Though not nearly as ebullient as David Shannon's Bugs in My Hair! (2013), Stier's informational picture book is entertaining without being glib or foolish; it is an interesting-enough story as well as good instruction for prevention or bibliotherapy for those infected. Beaky's expressive and bright cartoon illustrations, mostly full-bleed, feature a multicultural cast and complement the text nicely. A page of lice facts follows the story. Might incite some sympathy scratching but worth inclusion in most collections. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807588031
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 826,062
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Catherine Stier has worked as a professional writer for more than sixteen years, and has published hundreds of articles and stories. She is the author of If I Were President, If I Ran for President, and Barnaby and the Bedbug Detective. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two children. Her website is www.catherinestier.com.

Suzanne Beaky is the illustrator of the Hailey Twitch chapter book series and other books for kids. She lives in Huntington, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Matthew, and their cats, Coo Coo and Yum Yum. Her website is www.suzannebeakey.com.

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