Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When I Grow Up I Want to Be…A Nurse

Genre:  Children’s Non-fiction
Source:  I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This is the third book I have read in this series.  This one holds a special meaning for me. My oldest sister was a nurse.  From the time we were little girls she always wanted to be a nurse.  When she went off to nursing school she would send her nursing books home for me to read. She’s gone now and that made this book that honors nurses special to me.

The main character in this book is Amber.  She loves spending time with her friends.  However, her friends love to play soccer.  They try to get Amber to play with them.  She has all kinds of excuses why she doesn’t want to.  She says it is boring, they get sweaty and she might get hurt.  Her mother encourages her to try anyway. Once Amber starts playing she learns how much fun it is. During one of the games Amber collides with another girl and she breaks her arm.  When she learns she must go to the hospital she is scared.  Most of what she is scared about is the unknown.  She has a wonderful nurse named George who explains everything that is going to happen to her.  She tells him she could never be a nurse because of her fears.  He explains that nurses get used to a lot of things to overcome those fears.  Throughout her visit she learns more.  The book gives you a great look at the different types of nurses and their jobs.  I love the way the book is not just illustrated but has real pictures of nurses in action.  These are very popular books on my nonfiction shelf at school.  A lot of kids won’t try nonfiction because they seem too long or too boring.  However, they love these books because they learn a lot and they are interesting.  I hope to be able to read and review more in this series in the future.

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