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Topsy and Tim Go to Hospital (Topsy & Tim) Paperback – 23 May 1998
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Topsy and Tim books are divided into five themes: school; going out; special friends; first experiences; and people who help us. They present fun, factual stories dealing with new experiences and storylines suited to "read to" and older "self read" situations.
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Tim has hurt his head in a fall and is going into hospital to be checked out. He and Topsy pack a bag, he goes to the children's ward, has an xray taken, has to spend time without his family, plays with other children there - and makes Topsy jealous.
I don't know how useful this would be as preparation - do children run around wards with injuries? Can't parents stay (no experience yet of this)? But it does give parents a chance to talk a child through the various parts of the hospital visit, staff, and what happens there.
I wanted to show my son a hospital, he's not about to go in, and did find it good for discussions. I would have liked the twins to talk to other patients and allow readers to see why other people are there (you see casts on limbs and a lady looking pregnant but there's no detail). Seeing doctor and nurses at work would have been good too.
Liked the end - Tim is safely back home and the twins are happily playing with Topsy's new doctors' kit. There is also a 'search and find' activity after the story (in the new edition) where readers look for objects around the children's ward.
Pretty good, should be helpful in reassuring children, but could have been even better. One for ages 3-6.