Katie Caught a Cold (A Dr. Hippo Story) by Charlotte Cowan, M.D.

Katie Caught a Cold (A Dr. Hippo Story)
Charlotte Cowan, M.D.
The Hippocratic Press (2008)
ISBN 9780975351635
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5) and Max (age 20 months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (5/08)

“Katie Caught a Cold” is a story about a bear named Katie who comes down with a cold right before her upcoming ice show.  Her mom calls Dr. Hippo and tells him Katie’s symptoms.  Dr. Hippo tells Katie’s mom that the cold could be part of a viral infection and should go away on its own without antibiotics.  Sure enough, Katie’s cold goes away and is better in time for her to skate in the show.

Cayden:  “We have read Dr. Hippo books before- a giraffe one and an elephant one!  I like these books!”

Max:  “Doctor!”

Cayden:  “Look they are playing tic-tac-toe, the game that Papa taught me!  When can we play that again?”

Cayden:  “What is mucous?”

Max:  “Mucous!”

Cayden:  “She didn’t have to go to the doctor because she just had a cold.  Her mom just called the doctor instead.”

Cayden:  “I liked when they had the ice show because they got medals and had their pictures taken!”

Parent’s comments:
“Katie Caught a Cold” is a great book to educate parents and children about colds and how antibiotics will not do anything to help them.  Along with the story is a booklet inside the back cover written especially for parents.  In this booklet is all of the information you need about children’s colds such as what medicines to give, what the complications of a cold are, and when to call the doctor.

Like all of the other Dr. Hippo books, “Katie Caught a Cold” is filled with wonderfully-detailed and brightly-colored illustrations which my children love.  The storyline is one that they definitely can relate to since they have had many colds this past winter.  This is a great book for both children and parents alike!

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