Get Well Soon, Adam Healthy Food for Dylan Lauren's Moving Day Zach Gets Some Exercise

PreS-Gr 3—Although these books are a bit text heavy for picture books, they provide a good foundation for discussion and tips for parents appear in the back matter. Get Well introduces strategies for coping with the fears and disappointments that can arise when an illness keeps a child confined to a bedroom. The story has ideas for connecting with friends under these circumstances, and the message is that eventually life will return to normal. Healthy Food provides ways to encourage better eating habits. When Dylan's cousin comes to visit, she teaches the finicky eater how to prepare good food in a fun way. For example, they make a clock face on a plate using sliced bananas as the hands and orange pieces at intervals around the rim. Moving Day addresses feelings of uncertainty and excitement as Lauren's belongings are packed into boxes, the movers arrive, everything fits perfectly in her new room, and she meets and plays with new neighbors. In Exercise, Zach spends his time playing video games and watching TV until Michael moves into the neighborhood and invites him to walk the dog, play in the park, etc. The warm, color cartoon illustrations in these titles depict realistic characters. Good where parenting material or picture books on human behavior are needed.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
These books written by the Duchess of York continue to suffer from ponderous prose, with messages that are laid on with a trowel; each subject has been treated with more wit and a defter touch by others. Cunliffe's cheerily colored but stiffly composed illustrations are well matched to the texts. "Ten Helpful Hints" for parents are appended to each story. Review covers these Helping Hand Books titles: Get Well Soon, Adam, Healthy Food for Dylan, Lauren's Moving Day, and Zach Gets Some Exercise.

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