Saturday, June 8, 2013

Nurse Clementine

Nurse Clementine
by Simon James
Candlewick, 2013.  Unpaged.  Picture Book.

     Clementine's dreams are realized when her parents give her a nurse outfit and kit for her birthday. When Clementine's father stubs his toe, she bandages his foot (and his leg) with instructions that he has to keep the bandage on for a week.  When her mother has a headache, she takes her temperature, checks her ears and throat, and finding nothing wrong, bandages up her head just in case. After winding up the dog's paw, she has no one to care for until her wild little brother Tommy launches down the stairs on his roller skates and slams into the door, but he's not interested in Clementine's Chosen Profession and doesn't want to be fixed when nothing is broken. But when Tommy has a real emergency will Clementine know what to do? Simon James' fine little story made even better by his Quentin Blake-like illustrations, should be a big hit with all the youngsters whose life's dream is to Serve Others.

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