The Prairie Pet: Hospital Critterz
Stacey Laura Lloyd & Steve Loizos
Strategic Media Group, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ily is spending some time as a patient at the McPopper Children's Hospital. When Max becomes her neighbor in a nearby room, Lily goes over to cheer the boy up but Max wants no part of her proffered friendship.
hat's when the eight year old girl makes some drawings of animals to share with Max. Using special marking pens one of the nurses has given her, Lily creates the
. After Max receives the pictures he is surprised when they spring to life and hop right off the paper. Then the children's new, tiny friends take Max and Lily on an adventure back in time to a section of Nebraska where a farmer works the prairie.
hat follows next is the tale of how the children and their new friends have to solve a riddle to save a boy's pet buffalo from being sold to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
his illustrated chapter book is part of a new series intended to help children feel comfortable in medical settings and not be afraid to spend some time, if need be, in the hospital.
lthough the intent is admirable, the story may not resonate with the intended audience of children between the ages of six and ten. Given some of the literature now available for this age group, this fanciful fantasy falls a bit short of the character and theme development youngsters are used to.
n the other hand, it is worth a try. If the youngster does find
to his or her liking, there are certainly more adventures on the way.
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