________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 17 . . . . April 18, 2008

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Eat, Run, and Live Healthy. (Caring For Me).

Karen Olson. Illustrated by Marie-Micheline Hamelin.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2005.
20 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-894778-32-4.

Subject Headings:
Diet-Juvenile literature.
Food habits-Juvenile literature.
Health-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Gail de Vos.

½ /4

   
   
cover Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Mouth. (Caring For Me).

Karen Olson. Illustrated by Leonard George Jr.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2005.
20 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-894778-34-0.

Subject Headings:
Ear-Care and hygiene- Juvenile literature.
Eye-Care and hygiene- Juvenile literature.
Nose-Care and hygiene- Juvenile literature.              
Mouth-Care and hygiene- Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Gail de Vos.

½ /4

   
   
cover Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives. (Caring For Me).

Karen Olson. Illustrated by Marie-Micheline Hamelin.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2005.
20 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-894778-31-6.

Subject Headings:
Health-Juvenile literature.
Children-Conduct of Life-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Gail de Vos.

½ /4

   
   
cover Living Safe, Playing Safe. (Caring For Me).

Karen Olson. Illustrated by Leonard George Jr.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2005.
20 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-894778-33-2.

Subject Headings:
Accidents-Prevention- Juvenile literature.
Safety education- Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Gail de Vos.

½ /4

   
   
cover Looking After Me. (Caring For Me).

Denise Lecoy. Illustrated by Marie-Micheline Hamelin.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2005.
20 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 1-894778-29-4.

Subject Headings:
Emotions-Juvenile literature.
Mental health-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Gail de Vos.

½ /4

excerpt:

Nurse Ellen then pulled out another picture. “What do you think this picture is about?” she asked, pointing to the ice cream, hamburger, cookies, candies, french fries, chocolate bar, pop and bag of chips.

“Those are treats from the store,” said Leonard. “Sometimes when mommy and daddy are too tired to cook, they buy food that is already cooked.”

“It’s okay to have these kinds of treats once in awhile,” Nurse Ellen said. “But our bodies will not stay strong if we eat these everyday.”

 

Unfortunately, all of the titles in this series are extremely didactic and are accompanied by simple, colourful but uninspired illustrations. The books are all printed on brightly coloured pages but have a limited usefulness. My reading of these picture books was affirmed by First Nations educators with whom I shared the books before writing the reviews.

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Eat, Run, and Live Healthy.

     The school nurse visits the classroom with her message regarding healthy food choices and exercise, and the children remember the lessons about drinking enough water to hydrate their bodies to keep healthy by lining up at the water cooler before leaving school. In this book, there is a little more story development and humour than in the other titles in the series.

 

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Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth.

     When Tony is taken to the doctor’s office to remove a bead from his nose, the doctor takes the time to examine him more closely. Young readers will learn what happens during a physical examination and how to prevent most injuries to eyes, ears, nose and mouths! Unfortunately, it does not seem to contain a message regarding not placing beads in noses! A simple didactic text with matching minimal but colourful illustrations with very little appeal to young readers.

 

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Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives.

     This is an anti-alcohol and anti-drug message for young children dressed up in colourful but simple pictures accompanied by a strongly bombastic text.

 


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Living Safe, Playing Safe.

     The moralistic text is partnered with bright colours in both the simple illustrations and the pages, themselves, in instructing young children in safety at school, in the kitchen and at the playground. While the three children appear in the three concise chapters in this picture book, there is no actual storyline tying the three messages together other than the obvious one of safety.

 

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Looking After Me

     The simple didactic text was created to impart lessons about the emotional life of children and the restorative love of families when dealing with emotions. Unfortunately, the book has very little plot or character development, both which should be essential in a book exploring the emotions. Both the font and the illustrative style suggest a book created by a child (or young quail as the case may be).      

Collectively, the books have very limited usefulness other than as a straight teaching tool to reinforce lessons about health and safety for young children of any background.

Not Recommended.

Gail de Vos teaches at the School of Library and Information Studies for the University of Alberta and is the author of six books on storytelling and folklore.

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