I was recently able to review a series of books for children, which cover the topic of childhood illness. These books are written by Dr. Charlotte Cowan, M.D. and are beautifully illustrated.
Four-year-old Miles develops a tummy ache while on a family picnic in Maine. His planned camping trip with Papa (complete with canoeing and fishing) is postponed when throwing up (oops!) and diarrhea (loose poops) develop. Mama, Papa and Lucy Moose take excellent care of Miles at home. Of course, they are helped by their kindly pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, who advises that fluid is the best medicine for Miles. Will Miles recover in time to go camping with Papa under a special, star-filled sky?
In this story for children ages 2-7, Dr. Cowan offers a clear and childfriendly explanation of gastroenteritis. A board-certified pediatrician, she captures the misery of tummy aches, caused first by vomiting and then by diarrhea, and writes to educate, entertain and comfort her small readers—as well as their parents.
Slipped into the back of this book, Dr. Cowan’s Parent Guide answers those common questions that inevitably arise when parents are taking care of a child who is either vomiting or having diarrhea—or both. Her answers reflect her years of practice as a pediatrician. She draws on her experience as a doctor and as a mother as she reassures parents about what is wrong and offers advice about what to do. Getting Through Gastroenteritis even includes helpful charts about how much fluid to give your child and when to call the doctor.
The day of the Diving Contest has arrived! Peeper hops out of bed with excitement and joins his mother for breakfast. When he doesn’t touch his pancakes, she wonders whether he might be getting sick and soon discovers his fever of 104°. Worried, she calls their pediatrician, Dr. Hippocrates, who gives her excellent advice and asks her to keep in touch by phone. His parents then take wonderful care of Peeper, but what about the Diving Contest? Is he well enough to go? Will he win this year?
In her story for children ages 2-7, Dr. Cowan empathizes with the aches and chills and misery of small children with fevers. In Peeper Has a Fever Dr. Cowan captures the unhappiness of her patients and writes with confidence and humor to comfort them. Peeper’s story is as educational as it is entertaining and will offer reassurance to any parent and child dealing with fever.
Slipped into the back of this book, Dr. Cowan’s questions and answers reflect her years of pediatric experience. In Figuring Out Your Child’s Fever she answers common parental questions about fever: “How high is too high?” “Does it matter how old my child is—or how sick he looks?” “Won’t my child need antibiotics?”
Dr. Cowan includes clear guidelines about when to worry about a febrile child and when to call for help. Additionally, she shares her wisdom about keeping children with fevers comfortable at home. Parents do not need to panic but do need to watch their children carefully!
Katie is happily skating with her friends when she begins to sneeze. She soon develops a bad cold. Will she be better in time for the Ice Show? Her mother takes excellent care of Katie at home, checking in with their pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, when Katie starts blowing “green stuff” into her tissue. Won’t she need antibiotics? Katie needs to get better—and fast!
In this story for children ages 2-7, Dr. Cowan empathizes with children who are feeling miserable with a cold. She understands about their stuffiness and sneezing, feeling tired and thirsty. In Katie Caught a Cold Dr. Cowan illustrates the comforting care that can help children feel better and thus reassures both parent and child.
Written in a clear question and answer format, the included Parent Guide offers parents much needed advice about how to take care of their sick children. In this guide Dr. Cowan not only addresses the question of appropriate antibiotic use but also suggests what (if any) over-the-counter medications might be helpful. Additionally, she alerts parents to worrisome symptoms and gives clear guidelines for calling the pediatrician.
The Little Elephant with the Big Earache tells the story of Eddie, who awakens with a terrible earache after a busy afternoon making mud pies with his cousins. His mother takes care of him during the night and Dr. Hippo reassures them both during the day. Will Eddie recover in time for his birthday?
In this story for children ages 2-7, Dr. Cowan empathizes with her small patients. A board certified pediatrician and parent of three children, she understands about earaches and the worries of parents with sick children, and writes to entertain, educate and comfort both parent and child.
Slipped into the back cover of this book, Dr. Cowan's questions and answers about ear infections reflect years of pediatric experience. Her recommendations are consistent with the "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media" released by the AAP/AAFP in March 2004. The Guide offers clear suggestions about what to do and when to call for help with a sick child.
One day while she is beading necklaces for the School Art Fair, Sadie begins to feel sick. Her mother worries about Sadie’s sore throat and takes excellent care of her at home before they go off to their pediatrician, a friendly hippopotamus named Dr. Hippocrates. Is Sadie too sick to go to the Fair? Will her necklaces win a prize?
In her story for children ages 2-7, Dr. Cowan empathizes with small children who are often confused about being sick and scared of going to the doctor. She writes with gentle humor and encouragement, showing children that there is nothing to be afraid of. Her story is as educational as it is entertaining and will provide comfort to both parent and child.
Slipped into the back of the book, Dr. Cowan’s Parent Guide reflects years of experience as a pediatrician. In Simplifying Sore Throats, she offers tips for taking care of sick children and answers common questions like: “When should I call the doctor?” “What is a strep throat?” “How can I protect my family from sore throats?” In the Guide, Dr. Cowan also discusses the appropriate use of antibiotics in the treatment of sore throats.
Dr. Cowan is a board certified pediatrician who trained and practiced for many years at Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children where she remains on staff. During her clinical years at the MGH, she served on the Faculty of the Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Cowan has completed a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago and is a current Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
While in college at Princeton University, Dr. Cowan majored in English and developed a love of creative writing. Before going into medicine, she taught English and worked as a social worker with emotionally disturbed children in New York City.
Dr. Cowan is thrilled to combine her English and medical training by writing stories for children about the illnesses and issues that are important to them. Her first five books, collectively called the Dr. Hippo Series, are about acute infectious illnesses and are written to entertain, educate and comfort both parent and child.
The Little Elephant with the Big Earache was the first title. Published originally in 2004, The Little Elephant has been used nationwide by Departments of Public Health in educational outreach programs. Extremely well received within the medical community, The Little Elephant was released to the trade for the first time in October 2007.
In January 2008, the next three titles in the Dr. Hippo Series were released: Katie Caught a Cold, Peeper Has a Fever, and Sadie’s Sore Throat. The Moose with Loose Poops is being released in January 2009.
Dr. Cowan is married and has three children, ALL of whom have suffered the ailments about which she writes. They live in Eastern Massachusetts.
This series of books are absolutely adorable. I love the illustrations, and that each book is so easy to read! All five books are a fun and entertaining way to introduce children and families to the most likely illnesses a family may experience. All of Dr. Cowan's books teach families how to properly and effectively deal with childhood illness.
My three year old especially loved The Moose With Loose Poops, and giggles each time she hears the title:) We have read through all the books over and over in the last week that I have had the books! She asked me all kinds of questions while we were reading them, like "why did the elephant have a sore ear?" and we were able to talk about it and remember when she dealt with ear infections. I believe that anyone who has young children at home needs to have a set of these books!
I also love the fact that each book has a parent guide at the back for easy reference. Each guide is full of wonderful information to make dealing with illness as stress free as possible.
I also believe that each doctor's office, specifically Pediatrictions office's, should have these books in their waiting rooms.
I highly recommend these books and give them all a huge thumbs up!
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