Paediatrician with a special interest
Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children,
Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland
and beautifully illustrated, this book
is quite simply long overdue in our
paediatric wards and GP surgeries! It
is an essential tool for preparing and
helping you and your child through the
anxious moments of blood sampling.
28 Jan 06
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
children can be frightened by hospitals.
Sandy the Starfish will provide an easy
way to explain what will happen in hospital
and why. The more young children have
explained to them, the less scary a
situation becomes. Less fear means a
better hospital stay for a child, their
parents and the medical staff looking
after them. 17
book was massively helpful in preparing
my very well child for a routine visit
to the doctor for pre-school boosters.
20 Feb 06
developing this book I hope that by
reading it together with your child,
using ‘Magic Cream’ and
a small amount of bribery, will enable
young children to have blood tests with
book would be most useful to use with
children who are needle phobic and need
reinforcement until the gain confidence
with this very painful and frightening
procedure. It’s a very holistic
book to use for younger children, and
particularly those with cognitive difficulties.
9 Feb 06
StacPolly Restaurants, Edinburgh.
illustrated - It was a great help for
my daughter’s pre-school jabs.
publisher, Dorling Kindersley, Strand,
very nicely produced – lift-the
flap can be tricky to do and this is
very good. The content is well-focused
– a result, I’m sure of
you having first-hand experience of
this situation. The book is very gentle
and thoughtful, which is exactly right
in this context – but with the
right amount of fun and intrigue to
keep the child turning the pages.
A & E Nurse London
take the fear away for parent and child
– another piece in the armoury
for telling children what to expect
and not to be frightened.
Play and reading are a perfect way to
help children with a new situation.
Practice Nurse, Lothian Health, Scotland.
who come for vaccination unprepared
are always more distressed. 'Sandy the
Starfish' is an excellent way for parents
to discuss what will happen and makes
the procedure more relaxed for the child,
parents and the staff.
parents when you were kids and detested
the visit to the doctor, particularly
for anything involving needles! If so
you must read Sandy Starfish to your
kids so that they don't have to go through
the same anxiety. Its a lovely book
which kids will be drawn to and which
can really help parent's prepare the
kids for the dreaded visit to the Docs
office. I enjoyed it so much, I have
begun to include it with all my newborn