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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Charlotte thought police officers looked stern and did not smile. They wore dark clothing and Charlotte did not like them. She noticed police officers always drove their patrol cars down Charlotte's street, and she would run inside because she was scared. Charlotte's mother told her there was nothing to be scared of; they were police officers and it was their duty to make sure that everyone was safe. She told Charlotte that police officers were their friends and they helped to find lost children and lost animals. One day in winter Charlotte was playing in the front yard with her friends and a patrol car pulled up. Charlotte was scared but the police officer bent down and joined them in making the snow castle. By the end of the day, she was laughing with the police officer and introduced him to her mother. Charlotte's mother was happy that she got rid of her fears.
Charlotte and the Police Officer by Colleen Baxter Sullivan is a beautiful story that will help readers learn more about the duties of police officers, what they actually do, and the story is also about how to overcome fears. The illustrations are adorable and they breathe life into the characters and the story. It is a good book for parents and tutors to read out loud to kids because of the easy to understand story, simple vocabulary, and the message it conveys. Charlotte's journey toward overcoming her fears has been told in an engaging and interesting way.