Becky and Kaia's New Addition: A Tale of Penn State Children's Hospital

Becky and Kaia's New Addition: A Tale of Penn State Children's Hospital


Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on March 1, 2021


It’s a very special day at Penn State Children’s Hospital for Kaia and Becky, the hospital’s two facility dogs. This golden dynamic duo has a lot to bark about, including their mission to provide kids and families with emotional support as they navigate their way through their hospital journey. From Lindsay C. Barry, author of Journey to Constellation Station, and Susan Szecsi, award-winning illustrator of Yes, I Can Listen!, comes this exciting new picture book about a day in the life of Penn State Hospital’s emotional-support Golden Retrievers. A portion of all royalties are being donated to the Children’s Hospital in hopes of helping other children and families in the future.

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Kirkus Reviews

Two golden retrievers are important staff members at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

The well-trained dogs are part of the Child Life program, and one day in their busy lives is thoroughly described—in fact, too thoroughly described. A very wordy text overwhelms this picture book as the dogs meet child after child throughout the hospital: in the lobby, patient rooms, the group play area, the crafts space, and the MRI area. Children and staff in the colorful but stiff illustrations are racially diverse. These dogs exhibit exceptional intelligence and emotional understanding, but sometimes the text stretches credulity. When Kaia meets a young patient, the dog looks confused when a nurse mentions “the balloon that helped Stella get here.” The nurse explains to the dog (and readers) that a colorful hot air balloon is the symbol of the Children’s Miracle Network. “Kaia was impressed.” The book seems to be trying to appeal to young children but is constantly promoting both the hospital and the charities supporting its important work. Episodes when one of the dogs demonstrates how her training helps with patients are sweet and informative, but they are simply surrounded by too much verbiage. The title refers to a newly opened additional floor and a third dog, introduced on the final page. (This book was reviewed digitally with 9-by-12-inch double-page spreads viewed at 39.5% of actual size.)

Of potential use to children entering a pediatric hospital. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951631116
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer's Project
Publication date: 03/01/2021
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

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