I Want to Be a Doctor

illus. by Catalina Echeverri. 32p. glossary. HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062432414;
PreS-Gr 1—An unnamed narrator takes readers to the hospital emergency room with her mom, dad, and brother Jack, who has been injured in a fall. Dr. Tate examines Jack's leg and orders an X-ray. "It will show us if any bones are broken." Dr. Jones, a bone doctor explains that there are also "heart doctors, brain doctors, and skin doctors." Jack and his sister meet Dr. Kent, who "helps people walk again after an injury." And they meet Dr. Lopez, who works in the lab. The principal family and many of the doctors, nurses, and hospital staffers are people of color. The book concludes with a glossary of medical professionals, from dentist to radiologist. The illustrations are expressive, colorful and seem to flow through the different parts of the hospital. This healing journey invites readers to cultivate their reading skills as it introduces them many health-care professionals and a trip to the hospital.
VERDICT A solid addition prescribed for all beginning reader and community helper collections.

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