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Doctor Nice
by Valeri Gorbachev
Valeri Gorbachev, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432035 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: K

CCSS Codes:
RL.2.1-7, 10
W.2.3, 5, 8
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-4, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
L.2.1, 2, 2c, 3, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5

About the Book

A favorite childhood game is given fresh appeal in this warm, humorous picture book.

It was a busy day at Doctor Nice's office. The waiting room was full of patients with various winter ailments—from Mrs. Pig's frostbitten nose to the goat kids' headaches, caused by their head-butting style of hockey play. Never fear, Doctor Nice comes up with the perfect cures for them all. In the surprise ending, readers meet the real Doctor Nice—an imaginative little boy, playing doctor to his roomful of stuffed animals.

Valeri Gorbachev's cozy, comforting story will warm the coldest winter day and help allay children's fears about visiting the doctor.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Create a story map showing the sequence of events. Present to the group. RL.2-3.3 / SL.2-3.4, 6

2. Chart the cause-and-effect relationships from the story for each character. (Ex., Little Crow broke his foot because he was skiing and ran into a tree.) RL.2-3.1 / L.2-3.1

3. Compare and contrast the information you got from the words in the story with the information you got from illustrations for each answer in #3. SL.2-3.1

4. Were you surprised by the ending of the story? Explain. W.2-3.1