Vicky goes to the Doctor
Author and Photographer: Ifeoma Onyefulu
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Vicky normally loves playing with her friends but today something is wrong. She doesn’t feel like eating or playing.
Her parents notice something is amiss and father feels her hot forehead. Time to visit the doctor. Vicky and her mother wait outside their home for a local taxi, but none are driving past so they walk the short distance to the doctors surgery.
Vicky’s mother reassures her as she is not familiar with going to the doctor.
Vicky’s temperature is taken and the kind doctor listens to her chest. Doctor suggests that she may just be dehydrated and extra water is recommended. Luckily it was nothing serious and she is smiling and playing with her friends again later.
When Vicky goes to the doctor next time she will not be concerned at all. This is a very positive book which shows contemporary life in a Nigerian village.
This supportive little story reassures children that they will be safe if they need to visit a doctor. The adults are pictured as responsible, gentle and kind.
Ifeoma Onyefulu’s photographs capture the down to earth essence of daily life. They clearly portray to children the tender gestures of dad taking Vicky’s temperature and the friendly professional approach of the doctor.
By demystifying the doctor’s office with clear friendly images, younger children are introduced to this new experience in a non threatening way.
On an international level it shows the lifestyles and environments in which other children around the world live, raising awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
Vicky’s parents do not necessarily have a car and local taxi’s are a cheap, common form of transport in many developing countries.
We get to see inside Vicky’s house and a bit of her neighbourhood. Just like children all around the world, Vicky plays and draws with her friends and has to go to the doctor when she is not well.
The text is large and simple enough for young readers to follow and the photographs describe beautifully what the text is saying. A lovely little book.
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- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
- Publication Date: 1 Aug 2013
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847803636
- ISBN-13: 978-1847803634
- Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 23 x 1 cm
- Age Range: 3-6
“I don’t have a formula, or a place I can go to get ideas from, for a new book. Usually, ideas come when I least expect them. I could be doing something so boring, like washing up, and bingo, a voice pops up in my head. ”
“The idea for my book, ‘My Grandfather is a Magician,’ came when I was washing the dishes.”
“There, I was elbow deep in washing up liquid, and boom, I heard a
voice saying, ‘My grandfather is a magician.’ I thought, ‘This is strange. Nevertheless, I grabbed a pencil and a piece paper, and wrote it down.”
Ifeoma Onyefulu’s highly acclaimed books are renown for countering negative images of Africa by celebrating its traditional village life.