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Children's LiteratureA trip to the hospital can be a scary one for a child. Even if the young person is not the patient and is visiting a friend or family member, it can be daunting to be surrounded by so many unfamiliar sights and sounds! This book takes a realistic, close up look at a hospital from the outside to the inside, from the admitting desk to the intensive care unit, with many other stops in-between. A pictorial index opens the book, showing small scenes and a one to three word definition from within. Sentences are fairly simple and are presented in large, bold type. There are no more than four sentences per two page spread. Photographs are liberally placed on every other page at a minimum; real life scenes showing patients being examined, an operating room, recovery room, laboratory and more. Especially of interest to young readers will be the nursery description, complete with a picture of a wailing newborn baby! A glossary of sorts (called "Challenge Words") is contained at the conclusion of the book, defining unfamiliar terms that are highlighted throughout. Recommended, particularly for the preschool, kindergarten and first grade set. Part of the "Bookworms" leveled reading program that is designed to reinforce the skills of emergent, early and fluent readers. 2004, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 4 to 8.
—Cindy L. Carolan