The Little Doctor / El Doctorcito

The Little Doctor / El Doctorcito


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Salvador raced home from school to share exciting news with his abuela: he made an A+ on his science test! But at home, he learns that his grandmother needs his help. She is going to the doctor and wants her grandson to interpret for her. Abuela is nervous because she has never been to a doctor in the United States. In El Salvador, she either saw a curandera or drank té de manzanilla when she felt sick.
When he learns that none of the physicians speak Spanish, the boy realizes that he is completely responsible for making sure the doctor understands his grandmotherand that she understands his instructions! But in spite of his help, the visit does not go well. The doctor rushes in and out. He doesnt listen to Abuela. And he tells Salvador that she should not eat so much Mexican food! Abuela is so upset that she threatens not to take the medication the doctor prescribes! What can Salvador do to help her?
In this engaging bilingual picture book for children ages 4-8, a young Salvadoran boy dreams of becoming a doctor who speaks both English and Spanish so that patients like his beloved grandmother arent afraid to visit the doctor. Paired with lively, colorful illustrations by Victoria Castillo, this book will encourage children to think about their own futures as well as the role their culture can play in helping the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558858466
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Sales rank: 1,137,940
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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BooksExposed More than 1 year ago
Fourth-grader Salvador was tasked with the responsibility of accompanying his Abuela to her doctor’s appointment to act as her interpreter. Abuela was from El Salvador and her native language was Spanish. She was nervous about her upcoming doctor’s appointment as she had never been to a doctor in the United States. I was thrilled to receive this bilingual picture book as I am always looking for engaging bilingual books for my granddaughter. Salvador’s trip to Abuela’s doctor’s appointment taught lessons on being empathetic, brave, and patient. He displayed empathy towards the other patients in the doctor’s office by assisting them where needed and was brave for interpreting Abuela doctor’s appointment. I couldn’t imagine being responsible for conveying information this vital at such a young age. Salvador also exercised remarkable patience when he responded to the doctor’s abrupt behavior and condescending remarks about Abuela’s diet. This experience made Salvador determined to become a doctor when he grew up. I enjoyed reading The Little Doctor/El Doctorcito. This book exemplifies the importance of representation in the medical field and was inspired by actual events that led to author Juan J Guerra’s passion for providing quality health care. Children of all ages will find takeaways from this book. They will learn lessons on compassion, be inspired to pursue their dreams and even learn a little Spanish! Disclosure: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. All opinions are my own.