You Can't Take Your Body to a Repair Shop: A Book About What Makes You Sick

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Jam-packed with information — grown-ups will learn from this book, too! It's written by a doctor with more than thirty years experience treating children and families.
The latest addition to the popular You Can't... series focuses on common illnesses that affect children. Fred Ehrlich explains what makes you sick in easy-to-understand prose. He makes distinctions, such as between bacteria and virus, clear. At once engaging and sympathetic, Dr. Ehrlich touches on everyday ...

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Overview

Jam-packed with information — grown-ups will learn from this book, too! It's written by a doctor with more than thirty years experience treating children and families.
The latest addition to the popular You Can't... series focuses on common illnesses that affect children. Fred Ehrlich explains what makes you sick in easy-to-understand prose. He makes distinctions, such as between bacteria and virus, clear. At once engaging and sympathetic, Dr. Ehrlich touches on everyday illnesses such as: tummy aches, vomiting, diarrhea, colds and flu, warts and pimples, and various allergies.
In the time-tested format that made You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear so funny, the book includes humorous verse to complement the matter-of-fact text and is delightfully punctuated by Amanda Haley's madcap illustrations to ensure a tone that is at once light and reassuring. In fact, Dr. Ehrlich is careful not to frighten children, reminding us all that most of the time our bodies work just fine, and that even when we're sick, our bodies usually get well by themselves.

The reader is introduced to common illnesses and their causes.

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Gr 2-4-With plenty of facts and lots of gross-out appeal (you can't get warts if a toad pees on you, and motion sickness can cause vomiting), the brief topics here range from digestive issues to allergies to blisters. Throughout the simple yet informative text, comical poetry and watercolor cartoon art amplify the levity. Haley's multicultural cast suffers green-faced bellyaches, scarlet pimples, and more. The authors have included 11 medical specialties in a glossary, and a reassuring afterword for parents touts common sense in treating maladies.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Working with a medical doctor, the prolific Ziefert embeds basic information on the causes and symptoms of colds, stomach- and headaches, zits, blisters, allergies, and other common maladies in a slurry of heavy-handed humor (the "purpose" of carsickness "is to spread vomit all over the back seat of the car, so that parents can learn a lesson about long, boring car rides!") and lame versified asides: "I have a little plantar wart / That goes everywhere with me. / It's quite happy on my foot / But I think it's UGH-a-lee!" This casual tone, reflected in the page design and Haley's simple cartoon illustrations, may be reassuring-as is the repeated message that most illness runs an "expectable course" and goes away on its own-but even younger readers will find the jocularity forced, and would likely appreciate a glossary for unexplained terms that are dropped into the text, like "plantar" or "dander," rather than the closing list of medical specialties. Make an appointment with Margaret O. Hyde's Disease Book (1997) instead. (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781593540579
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 8/12/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.45 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Ehrlich, M.D. is a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist. He has spent dozens of years advising families on the emotional and physical care of young children. He practices in the Boston area.

Amanda Haley holds a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides in Ohio with her husband and golden retriever, Sally

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