Is This an Emergency? Ambulance: The Adventures of Toby the Teddy

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Catherine Buckley and Amelia Harrison (text), Emma Stuart (illus.), Is This an Emergency? Ambulance: The Adventures of Toby the Teddy,  Self published,  20 April 2017,  32pp.,  $24.95 (hbk),  ISBN 9780646952901

Toby the Teddy is off for an adventure. He finds himself in several situations which require problem solving and an answer to the question, “Is this an emergency?

This educational picture book is well-written and beautifully illustrated. The use of a teddy as the central character, soft pastel colours and familiar settings provides a safe foundation for young children to explore emergency situations. Everyday scenarios with strategically placed questions ask readers to identify what is, and what isn’t, an emergency. There are opportunities to predict how Teddy might solve his problems and satisfying solutions.  The procedure to follow in case of an emergency is simple and clear and gives parents and educators a springboard for discussion, and the opportunity for children to recite and remember 000 and their street address. There are important notes for parents and teachers at the back of the book and a website which provides links to the Victorian curriculum. There is also a fridge magnet available ensuring 000 and the owner’s home address will be prominent in case of an emergency.

Recommended for all young children. A must have in libraries and schools.

Reviewed by Sharon Seymour

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