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Summary: The Ice Show is just days away, and Katie wants to practice the Little Teapots routine with her friends. Achoo! Oh no. No more practice for Katie, she has a cold. Mama Bear calls Dr. Hippo for advice. Katie knows Dr. Hippo will help her, but will she be able to skate? This title in the Dr. Hippo Story series gives kids and parents the information the need about having a cold.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Achoo! Ironically, we received this book at about the same time our child's cold was starting. S/He loved playing Katie's part and "practicing" her sneezes.
Adult Reader Reaction: Dr. Cowan has done a great job wrapping factual information and reminders (like sneeze into your sleeve) in a story that kids will enjoy. I even learned some new things in the Conquering the Common Cold Guide for Parents that is in the back.
Pros: There is something for everyone in this picture book about dealing with the common cold.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! The pull-out card in the back keeps you from having to remember how to deal with colds, and the story is a comforting one for kids.
Educational Themes: The obvious theme is about recognizing the symptoms and dealing with the common cold. There are also other elements to the story: Katie's positive memories about her experience visiting the doctor; that your health is more important than a competition; and that colds don't keep you down for long.