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I Go To The Doctor
Let's go "Beyond the Book" with
I Go To The Doctor.

Ages 1.5-4

I Go to the Doctor is part of a series that captures every day events in a child's life. The books - I Go to School and I Go to Shul, and now I Go to the Doctor give the Jewish child a Jewish vision of life.

On first glance, it looks like an ordinary child going to the doctor-there are pictures of waiting rooms with toys and examining rooms with scales and high tables to sit upon. There are doctors in white coats and nurses who find out weight and height. But the uniqueness of this book is building of Jewish consciousness that there is an unseen dimension.

Children who are too young to daven or understand the meaning behind the prayers we recite, will learn the part Hashem plays in the "cure". The child who has this book can relate to the highest level of thankfulness just like adults do, for it makes the young child aware that it is Hashem not the doctor that make us better.

And through this ordinary experience a child can learn to be grateful to Hashem for taking care of us.

Yes, we may clean the cut on the knee, put on germ killers and bandages, we can give antibiotics or go for therapy, but it is Hashem who is the ultimate healer. We as grown-ups say this in davening, and by reading this book to children and pointing out the miracles of healing, we can stimulate a child's consciousness about the wonders of healing.

The discomfort and anxiety the child might feel is freely acknowledged and put into perspective.

The doctor says, Your throat is red,
I'll put this swab down in it.

And we get an insight into the child's feelings as he says in his voice:

I don't like the way that feels,
But it just takes a minute.

For the young child going from feeling sick to getting better is a way on his or her level of development to recognize Hashem personally in every day life.

When we Go Beyond The Book, we internalize the real meaning of our answer to the question:

"How do you feel?"


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