Let’s Pretend Animal Hospital & Let’s Pretend Fire Station by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Thomas Elliott


Let’s Pretend Animal Hospital and Let’s Pretend Fire Station by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Thomas Elliott, Tiger Tales, c2020, 2021. 9781680106589, 9781680106572

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Board book

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book: The first book welcomes kids to the animal hospital.  It is a busy day caring for animals from big to small.   Join the kid veterinarians as they explore what it is like to be an animal doctor for the day, see all the tools they need to do their job, and meet the many different animals under their care.  Then off to the fire station.  “The alarm bell is ringing! It’s time to slide down the pole and jump into action!”  Join the kid firefighters as they explore what it is like to be a firefighter for the day and all the tools they need to do their job.  What fun, hands-on adventures for little readers to inspire their imagination and learning.  

Both books are part of the My World series, inspired by the Montessori education with practical learnings and imaginative role play.  There are 4 other titles in the series, including Button! Snap! Zip!, How Many Beads?, My Book of Feelings and The Touch Book.  The illustrations are colorful with real photographs and multi-layered die-cut pages.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Wonderful read alouds with little ones when discussing people in our community and great stories to nurture a child’s visual learning and role playing.  These would be amazing books to go along with a play dress up area for all those little ones dreaming of taking care of animals or battling fires.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, day cares, elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  July 22, 2021

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