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About the Book: Paging Doctor Popper—Mistreated Library Books Need Help STAT!
Poor Penelope. She desperately wants to be a doctor. She has everything she needs—a lab coat, a medical bag and even an identification badge! But Penelope’s friends are growing weary of her constant ministration, and one afternoon a discouraged Penelope finds herself without a patient in sight.
Fortunately Ms. Brisco, the librarian, knows just how to help. Over the next few days, Ms. Brisco introduces Penelope to a world of doctoring that she never imagined. In all corners of the library, there are books that need care. Some are smudged with dirt, some have torn or dog-eared pages and some are bent and crumpled. One has even been chewed! Penelope immediately turns her attention to learning how to mend mishandled books. She listens closely. She trains hard. And when the moment suddenly comes for her to save a “patient” all on her own, Penelope Popper, Book Doctor is ready! In this charming story about the importance of book care, one small girl rises to great heights as she learns to heal her library, one book at a time.
Reviews and Awards
" The upbeat narrative is further enlivened by cheerful illustrations depicting Penelope, an earnest girl with red hair and freckles, in her bright and pleasant classroom and school library. With its soft edges and palette of springtime colors, each painting reflects the positive tone of the story. Readers will cheer Penelope on in pursuit of her dream to have a medical career while they learn the importance of treating books with respect." ~ Linda L. Walkins, School Library Journal, 11-1-11
" Penelope Popper Book Doctor" is a charming color illustrated story about a girl who wanted to be a doctor. Penelope is discouraged in her doctoring attempts because most of her practice patients are too busy to let her check blood pressures, listen for heart beats, or check reflexes. Finally her teacher suggests she visit Ms. Brisco in the library to possibly expand her knowledge of doctoring. Imagine Penelope's surprise and joy when she learns (from books on the nonfiction shelves) that there are many different kinds of doctors! Animal doctors, people doctors, even book doctors! So Penelope decides to learn all about what book doctors do, since there is a real need for book doctors in the library. Penelope learns the first rule of book care is "Wash your hands before reading a book!" She quickly learns that not all children remember this important rule! Along with Ms. Brisco, Penelope leans an important list of Book Care Rules and creates a set of Book Care Bags for children to use. Finally Penelope performs important restoration work on the big dictionary which had fallen behind the radiator and gotten damaged. In gratitude, Penelope's teacher and fellow students award her a new badge that says "Penelope Popper Book Doctor!" "Penelope Popper Book Doctor" is an excellent book for children age 5 and up, and should be on every children's librarian's emergency resource shelf." ~ Midwest Book Review (quoted in full with permission)