I received this book courtesy of Wigu Publishing for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Amber has a problem. During a soccer game, she broke her arm. What can she teach your child about being a nurse?
Story Telling: This is much like Wigu’s books on the army and veterinarians. We have a story aimed to interest children into joining a certain career path. In this case the tables of information deal with the history and specializations of the nursing department.
Likes: This is an interesting approach to the nursing lifestyle. Amber shows the nursing profession, not by playing nurse, but by needing one. Wigu’s author didn’t deny the roles that religion or military played in the career.
Dislikes: My problem with the story is how Mom got Amber to play soccer. The focus wasn’t on Amber’s likes or fears, but on her friends. It would have been better to suggest that she go to practice and try one game, if she doesn’t like it then she can quit. I had a problem with the approach taken, because it seems to push a collective-thinking lifestyle. As in: you don’t matter, the whole does. Amber’s wishes didn’t really matter, what mattered was that her friends deserved her to play soccer. This can be dangerous thinking.
Also, just learning about something won’t necessarily overcome your fears. Yes, there is a fear of the unknown. But in some cases, there is a greater fear due to knowledge.
Favorite Character: Mrs. Ellis or George fits this slot. They showed to be good examples of nurses.
Favorite Quote: I got this one when Amber saw the other team. “We must be on the wrong field.
Favorite Scene: When Amber and Sophia saw each other after the accident was pretty good. Oh, Easter egg time, Amber probably broke the small bone in her arm, but the illustrations show a radial brake with both bones.
Conclusion: I’m not quite sure what to make of this book series. On the one hand, it seems to encourage children. And on the other hand, the series seems to push an agenda. This particular books seemed to dance along a fine line between the two. The nursing sections were encouraging. The soccer sections can lead to a bitter life, especially if you always think that someone deserves your attempt. Read this series with caution, and be ready to explain the difference to your children.