My Community: I Want to Be a Doctor (I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading)

by Laura Driscoll (Author) Catalina Echeverri (Illustrator)

My Community: I Want to Be a Doctor (I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading)

For the child who says, "I want to be a doctor when I grow up!" And for any child who wants a gentle behind-the-scenes look at being a doctor.

Doctors help sick and hurt people feel better. When little brother Jack hurts his foot, the family gets to meet all kinds of doctors.With this story blending narrative with nonfiction elements, readers meet the doctors who heal broken bones, help fix teeth, and even work in laboratories!

I Want to Be a Doctor is part of a new I Can Read series that introduces young readers to important community helpers. This Level One I Can Read is perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--An unnamed narrator takes readers to the hospital emergency room with her mom, dad, and brother Jack, who has been injured in a fall. Dr. Tate examines Jack's leg and orders an X-ray. "It will show us if any bones are broken." Dr. Jones, a bone doctor explains that there are also "heart doctors, brain doctors, and skin doctors." Jack and his sister meet Dr. Kent, who "helps people walk again after an injury." And they meet Dr. Lopez, who works in the lab. The principal family and many of the doctors, nurses, and hospital staffers are people of color. The book concludes with a glossary of medical professionals, from dentist to radiologist. The illustrations are expressive, colorful and seem to flow through the different parts of the hospital. This healing journey invites readers to cultivate their reading skills as it introduces them many health-care professionals and a trip to the hospital. VERDICT A solid addition prescribed for all beginning reader and community helper collections.--Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Jaunty, stylized illustrations support the story's upbeat tone. From patients and visitors to staff, character portrayal is diverse in terms of race, age, and body type. An informative beginning-reader story from the I Can Read! series.—Booklist
Laura Driscoll
Laura Driscoll is a children's book author and editor. She has written numerous published works for kids, including several easy-to-read books. She lives in Middletown, Connecticut, with her husband and two children. Deborah Melmon has been a freelance illustrator in the San Francisco Bay area for over 30 years. Among her many picture books are Picnic at Camp Shalom, Speak Up, Tommy, One Good Deed, and Chicken Soup, Chicken, Soup. Deborah lives with a comical Airedale Terrier named Mack.
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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 13, 2018
I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading
BISAC categories
JNF024020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
JNF011000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
JNF045000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories

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