Just pick up any newspaper in a major city and there is bound to be a story about the misuse of drugs. In this early reader kids are introduced to only two "bad" drugs--alcohol and tobacco. There is a clear distinction made between drugs that may be purchased over the counter, prescription drugs that are used to fight disease, and these "recreational" drugs that are basically not good. Pictures show older women with breathing problems due to smoking, and others suffering from the aftermath of too much alcohol. The closing pages offer some answers kids can give when others try to get them to try smoking or drinking or any other drug, and web sites that offer additional information. For those parents who may not be inclined to introduce the subject of drugs in discussions at home, this book is a good resource for young kids with questions, and therefore, a good purchase for school and classroom libraries. A list of web sites, other books, and a glossary round out this title in the "Pull Ahead Books" series. 2006, Lerner, Ages 5 to 7.
Gr 1-3-This serviceable title introduces the differences between "medicinal" and "non-medicinal" drugs. The text touches on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs that treat asthma and colds. A few questions are directed to readers, and clear, color photos on every page enhance learning. Back matter includes "What I've Learned," a list that summarizes and reinforces facts, and "Have a Drug-Free Plan," which features questions and answers that kids can practice to learn how to say no to non-medicinal drugs. A useful choice.-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.