This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.
Title: Daisy the Doctor
Author: Felicity Brooks
Illustrator: Jo Litchfield
Publisher: Usborne, 2004
Suitable for: 3 – 6 years
Themes: Jobs people do, Doctor’s Office
“This is Daisy the Doctor, taking her son Ben to school. After she’s dropped him off, she drives to work. The traffic can be terrible.”
A day in the life of Daisy the doctor. Learn how she does a check-up for a newborn, treats a toddler with an earache, and even a young boy with a bleeding arm that needs stitches. End pages contain both a glossary with medical terms such as prescription, asthma, and sprain, and a page on tips for staying healthy.
Why I Like This Book:
This book can be used by teachers/librarians when teaching about jobs, this book is a part of the “Jobs People Do” series. It can also be used by parents who want to help their kids get acclimated to the doctor’s office.
I got this book when my older daughter was two to ease her anxiety about doctor visits. I love that the book uses real medical terms like otoscope and antibiotics. Also the spread on a newborn check-up accurately mimicked my newborn’s visit to the doctor. My kids loved asking questions about things they see in the illustrations. One of their favorites is to read the doctor’s appointment schedule off of the computer screen. We also spend time on the last page talking about tips to staying healthy!
The best of quality of this book is that it a realistic depiction of the day in a life of a doctor. From the different cases they see, to the procedures, to the terminology used. The illustrations consist of clay models set against a digital picture. The usage of the 3D models further enhances the realism already conveyed through the text.