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Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite
Marcia Goldman’s Lola Goes to the Doctor is a well-written story that explores a topic familiar to children. Most kids have had to see a doctor at some point, even if only for a regular check-up. Lola the dog describes her feelings about having to see the doctor, interacting with other patients, and her personal fears about the whole event. As Lola sits in the waiting room, she has a few interesting questions regarding how other animals receive medical attention. As the doctor goes through the check-up routine, Lola is able to relax because she knows what to expect next. Apparently Lola had forgotten that the routine includes a shot, but when the time comes, she endures it bravely and is rewarded with a delicious treat.
Going to the doctor is usually a scary event for young and old. A wise parent would do well to prepare his or her child for what will happen at the doctor’s office. That way the child will be less likely to get nervous or finicky. This story is a fun and thorough way to open the discussion and help a child get ready. It’s easy to read, so young readers can easily go through it alone. The illustrations are beautiful and well thought out. The colorful pictures help the reader get a realistic view of what to expect on a visit to the doctor. This book is useful not only for parents, but for teachers, counselors, and other therapists as well. Lola Goes to the Doctor would even be a great addition to any waiting room.