Published by: Lion Hudson (March 1, 2014)
Ages: 5 – 7 years old
Theme: friendship, support, empathy, caring
Opening Lines: Clemmie is the best sister. She plays cowboys. She has enormous hair. She makes me laugh and sometimes she stays in hospital.
Synopsis: Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her—no matter what. Toby knows his sister is very brave, but when she has to go to the hospital again, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they still find ways to have fun and make the hospital a much better place
Why I like this: It has that aww feeling. From the colourful popeyed round faces and cute expressions, so much is said in a few words. A little brother who adores his big sister understands that from time to time she has to go to hospital. He helps by playing doctors and nurses, jumps on her bed and eats the hospital food when she can’t. He joins in the games with other kids in the hospital and there is their comparison of fear – her with the needles and him with eating peas. Aww… yeah see, I knew you would feel that… Parents will love that children can see themselves in these situations and what a lovely way to show that hospital can also be fun. I only wish this book was around when I was little. I hated hospitals’, I was so scared, screaming and crying. Books like this would have calmed me.
Rebecca Elliott is the author and illustrator of Just Because and Zoo Girl. She has also illustrated several children’s books, including Jungle Tumble, Monkey Tumbles, My Nativity Jigsaw Book, and My Noah’s Ark Jigsaw Book
Resources/Findings: author’s website… http://www.rebeccaelliott.com/toby-and-clemmie
Preparing children for hospital stays… http://www.kidspot.com.au/preparing-your-child-for-a-visit-to-hospital/
The importance of play while in hospital for children… http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/your-child-hospital-importance-play
Both in the classroom and at home ask the children what they think would be some great items to take to hospital for a sibling who is having to stay for a few nights. Make a list or help them with making some gifts to take.
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