Nurse Clementine

By: Simon James

After Clementine receives a nurse’s outfit and supplies for her birthday, she enthusiastically bandages up her ever-so-patient family “patients.” Full-color watercolor and ink illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763663827

JLG Release: Sep 2013


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Birthdays , Birthday presents , Nurse outfits and first-aid supplies , Pretend play , Family life , Sibling relationships

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Awards & Honors

2014 Irma Black Award Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Clementine receives a nurse’s outfit and first-aid kit for her birthday. Stethoscope and bandages in hand, she quickly sets about diagnosing her mom, dad, and even the family dog. Her younger brother proves to be a reluctant patient until a minor backyard mishap allows her to finally impress him with her medical prowess. Children will identif Clementine receives a nurse’s outfit and first-aid kit for her birthday. Stethoscope and bandages in hand, she quickly sets about diagnosing her mom, dad, and even the family dog. Her younger brother proves to be a reluctant patient until a minor backyard mishap allows her to finally impress him with her medical prowess. Children will identify with Clementine’s wholehearted commitment to her pretend occupation and her disappointment at her sibling’s initial lack of interest in playing along. Repetition of several phrases, such as Nurse Clementine’s instructions to her liberally bandaged patients to “keep this on for a week,” makes the text suitable for both one-on-one readings and preschool storytimes. James’s cartoon-style ink and watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of Quentin Blake’s drawings, add charm and humor. A final spread depicts and labels the many instruments in Clementine’s kit, including a thermometer, a tongue depressor, and “emergency toffees.” The only disappointment is the depiction of the children’s pretend play (she is the nurse, he is the superhero), which reinforces traditional gender-normative behavior. While the author misses an opportunity to present a more expansive field of future occupations for the young protagonist, it is otherwise a sweetly funny sibling story.—Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT

Horn Book

On her birthday, Clementine Brown gets a new first-aid kit. “‘It’s just what I wanted,’ she said. ‘You can call me Nurse Clementine from now on!’” Her ace bandages heal everything from headaches to stubbed toes to hurt paws. While her parents and dog are somewhat willing patients, little brother Tommy is le On her birthday, Clementine Brown gets a new first-aid kit. “‘It’s just what I wanted,’ she said. ‘You can call me Nurse Clementine from now on!’” Her ace bandages heal everything from headaches to stubbed toes to hurt paws. While her parents and dog are somewhat willing patients, little brother Tommy is less compliant—until he truly needs her help. James’s airy watercolors are restrained only by his gestural pen-and-ink lines: posture and facial expressions, especially eyes, are loosely and wonderfully drawn, allowing the young reader to catch nuances of Clementine’s mood. Ample white space and an oversized font focus the reader on the family drama, altering subtly when our heroine goes to the rescue of her brother: the smaller visual vignettes change to full-page spreads, with yellow and light browns interrupted by the red shirt of the flying, roller-skating Tommy. Later, when Clementine realizes that there is no one left to take care of, another full page—this time, a walled-in yard—nearly overwhelms the slumping girl. Young readers who love to play pretend with their siblings will recognize the inevitable ebb and flow and will smile at the humorous resolution. An extra smile is added after the final page: James includes a couple of pages illustrating the contents of the first-aid kit, including chocolate and emergency toffees. First, do no harm! robin l. smith

Book Details

ISBN

9780763663827

First Release

September 2013

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 11/16" x 11 7/16"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD510L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Birthdays, Birthday presents, Nurse outfits and first-aid supplies, Pretend play, Family life, Sibling relationships,

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