Once again, Dow doesn’t shy away from technical terms, as one of his primary goals with these books is to introduce kids to science early in life and hopefully spark an interest in a healthcare career. Nurse Florence also provides practical tips that young people can put into practice immediately when playing outdoors on steamy days. With much of the planet experiencing longer, hotter springs and summers and unprecedented heatwaves, knowing how to dress for the weather, recognize the signs of heatstroke, and bring down someone’s body temperature can possibly help prevent an emergency.
Halton’s illustrations mostly show the expressive faces of the three girls and Nurse Florence as they converse, as well as diagrams elucidating what heatstroke does to the body and how someone suffering from the affliction might look. One picture, for instance, shows a nauseous woman holding her stomach and covering her mouth, while another shows a closeup of a person’s hands as they check their pulse. Florence’s welcoming and friendly demeanor highlights the power of positive adult influences in kids’ lives—all as she offers real-world solutions to a growing existential threat.
Takeaway: Three friends learn about heatstroke from their helpful school nurse.
Comparable Titles: Joe Schaffner and Sarah Tollett’s Not Even a Minute, Roserdley Sainvil’s My Nurse Has Superpowers.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: A