About a month ago, I learned about the Dr. Hippo books by The Hippocratic Press. I was sent the whole set to review and I must say, these are a wonderful resource that any parent or care giver should own. These books were created to raise awareness and teach children ages 2-7 years old about what is going on in their bodies. Mainly focusing on common childhood illnesses, these books are very well written, colorfully illustrated, and filled with much needed information for children and parents alike.
In the back of each book, there’s a pocket in the back that supplies a pamphlet of information called “The Parent Guide”. This guide supplies answers to the common questions about children’s health issues and offers parents advice about how to comfort children at home and when to call the doctor. I don’t know about you, but as a parent at the first sign of any little issue with my child, I am all over internet trying to determine the issue and what I should do. Now, it’s nice to know I can pick up one of these books instead and have all the information and useful advice I need at my finger tips.
I can see my daughter (although a little young for these books right now) being reassured and comforted through these books in the years to come. I’d like to thank Dr. Cowan and the people over at the Hippocratic Press for this wonderful collection of stories that were written to entertain, educate and comfort all sick children.
“The Hippocratic Press was founded by Dr. Charlotte Cowan with the primary mission of publishing medical children’s stories that entertain, educate and reassure both parent and child…The idea of writing stories for sick children evolved as a natural combination of her professional experience and her childhood love of reading. As a pediatrician, Dr. Cowan developed a strong intuition that children would do better with their illnesses if they both understood what was happening to them and realized that they would get better. As a fan of children’s books, she recognized that they offered the perfect medium for her message.”
The Little Elephant with the Big Earache: “…tells the story of Eddie, who awakens with a terrible earache after a busy afternoon making mud pies with his cousins. His mother takes care of him during the night and Dr. Hippo reassures them both during the day. Will Eddie recover in time for his birthday?” Little Music Man had an earache recently, so he could definitely relate to this story. He had a lot of fun identifying all the animals at Eddie’s birthday party.
Peeper Has a Fever: “The day of the Diving Contest has arrived! Peeper hops out of bed with excitement and joins his mother for breakfast. When he doesn’t touch his pancakes, she wonders whether he might be getting sick and soon discovers his fever of 104°. Worried, she calls their pediatrician, Dr. Hippocrates, who gives her excellent advice and asks her to keep in touch by phone. His parents then take wonderful care of Peeper, but what about the Diving Contest? Is he well enough to go? Will he win this year?” Little Music Man loved saying “Peeper, Peeper” (or sometimes it would come out as “eeper, eeper.”)
Katie Caught a Cold: “Katie is happily skating with her friends when she begins to sneeze. She soon develops a bad cold. Will she be better in time for the Ice Show? Her mother takes excellent care of Katie at home, checking in with their pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, when Katie starts blowing “green stuff” into her tissue. Won’t she need antibiotics? Katie needs to get better—and fast!” This was Little Music Man’s favorite book because he thinks it’s the funniest thing when he hears people sneeze. Every time Katie sneezed, he’d sneeze too!
Sadie’s Sore Throat: “One day while she is beading necklaces for the School Art Fair, Sadie begins to feel sick. Her mother worries about Sadie’s sore throat and takes excellent care of her at home before they go off to their pediatrician, a friendly hippopotamus named Dr. Hippocrates. Is Sadie too sick to go to the Fair? Will her necklaces win a prize?” Little Music Man had fun pretending that Dr. Hippo was listening to his heart and checking his ears and throat.
The Moose with Loose Poops: “Four-year-old Miles develops a tummy ache while on a family picnic in Maine. His planned camping trip with Papa (complete with canoeing and fishing) is postponed when throwing up (oops!) and diarrhea (loose poops) develop. Mama, Papa and Lucy Moose take excellent care of Miles at home. Of course, they are helped by their kindly pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, who advises that fluid is the best medicine for Miles. Will Miles recover in time to go camping with Papa under a special, star-filled sky?” Little Music Man loved saying “poop” and we thought this was the funniest book of all. I really loved the hand-washing song, which Little Music Man and I sing whenever we wash our hands.
Buy it: These books retail for 17.95 each and are available for purchase at: http://drhippo.com/index.shtml through Amazon.com
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