Dr Dog by Babette ColeBabette Cole’s children’s book ‘Dr. Dog’ is a clever and hilarious book that is guaranteed to make children laugh out loud.
The book tells the story of the Gumboyle family and their pet dog who acts as the family doctor, ‘this is their dog. He is a doctor.’ Whilst Dr. Dog was away on a medical business meeting, he is quickly summoned back because all of the Gumboyle children, and their Granddad, have fallen ill: Kurt Gumboyle has a cough because he has been smoking; Gerty caught a cold because she has not been wearing her coat; Kev has head lice; baby Gumboyle has not been washing his hands so has a tummy ache after sucking his thumb; Fiona is dizzy because of ear ache and Grandad has ‘terrible wind!’ Dr. Dog helps each individual family member with their problems, offering advice and explanations.
Babette Cole has done a wonderful job of creating a really engaging and entertaining children’s book. It would be a brilliant book to introduce into an early years or year one classroom.
The book would be brilliant to read aloud to a group of young children. Cole has chosen to use simplistic vocabulary, which helps ensure all the children would understand what is happening in the storyline. Additionally, the words are illustrated by colourful, descriptive pictures which adds to the entertainment and makes it a brilliant choice to read aloud.
What is fantastic about this book is that it actually tackles real life illnesses but explores them in an entertaining way. This makes the book a perfect choice for a school environment because it could be used in science lessons to educate children about how to look after themselves to avoid getting ill. In the story, one of the children has head lice which is obviously a problem for many young children so it would be great to have a discussion about what symptoms to look out for and who to tell about it! The book also stresses the importance of washing your hands before eating and after using the toilet; this would lead to a useful discussion with children about why it is so important they do this.
This discussion about illness could then be referred back to in literacy and art lessons. Children could be asked to make a poster raising awareness of different symptoms to look out for with common illnesses. Children could draw a picture in art of Dr. Dog on their poster and then they could write a caption for the poster in literacy.
Books about Going to the Doctor
Skip to content. Each word correlates with a letter in the alphabet. Ages Daniel Visits the Doctor Daniel is feeling a little nervous before his checkup with Dr. Ages 18 months to 6 years. Coping strategies are discussed to help the child feel a sense of control and less scared. Parents will also learn how to better support their child using empathic language, play and comfort positions.
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And so the process is perpetual, with conversations about how the doctors and nurses and machines at the hospital help our bodies get better. For Brenna, the two most effective ways of processing these experiences are pretend play with our doctor toy kit — pretending to be the nurse and the doctor to her sick stuffed animals — and reading books. What About Me? I got a little emotional reading this book, about a little girl whose younger brother gets sick and is hospitalized, leaving her confused and upset that no one is paying attention to her but only asking about and talking about her brother. Are there any that you would add to the list from your own experiences? This is so helpful.