Beware the Storybook Wolves
The High Street by Alice Melvin

Nurse Clementine by Simon James

Nurse ClementineWalker Books, London, 2013

Hardcover, 40 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4063-3862-1

Suggested reading age: 3+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: ***

I think every child goes through a phase of playing doctors.  I know I did and my girls love playing doctors and using their doctor's kit to bandage their toys, each other and the cat when they can catch him!  In this story, Nurse Clementine gets a nurse's kist for her birthday and sets about bandaging everyone except her little brother who flatly refuses.  That is, until there is a real emergency and he finds that he does need Nurse Clementine's help after all.  A lovely story about siblings and caring for each other. 

My only complaint about this book is that Clementine is a nurse - I wish she was a doctor.  Girls can be doctors too you know, and we shouldn't limit them to nursing.  Not there is anything wrong with nursing, mighty fine profession, highly undervalued and all.  Oops, I think I may be getting myself in trouble here - I hope you know what I mean and take my comment in good faith!


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