Saturday, June 2, 2018

Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors by J.E. Morris -- ADVISABLE

Morris, J.E. Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors (Maud the Koala). PICTURE BOOK. Penguin Random House, 2018. $9. 9871524784430

Maud is anxious while awaiting her annual checkup. She finds herself desperately wishing to be one of the fish in the waiting room tank so she won't have to go through with her appointment. She imagines what it would be like to swim in the ocean and breathe like a fish. Before she knows it, the appointment is over, and so is the vaccination she was due to receive! An afterword talks more about using deep breathing and visualization to reduce anxiety about occasions such as doctor visits.

Preschoolers will likely sympathize with Maud's anxiety, and the way she accidentally reduces her fear is a good lesson for children.

Pre-K -- ADVISABLE. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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