ANNA by Margaret Wadhams

ANNA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Anna has eczema, which is sometimes so severe that she misses school. This title in the British ""Special Situation Picture Books"" series tells about her life. Sometimes she does things like other children, such as bike-riding and swimming; at other times her activities are different--visits to the dermatologist or getting goats' milk from the farm. The colored illustrations are utilitarian. The often repulsive nature of the rash is mentioned in the text, but is really not clear in the pictures. The text has some unfamiliar British usage: Mother is called ""mummy""; the child can't have ""plasters"" on her skin, and goes to the farm ""on holiday."" The laminated board covers and weak binding will limit the life of the book. The low-key discussion of this ailment could be reassuring to a child who suffers from it. Other children who are curious about the disease will get minimum information.

Pub Date: Feb. 10th, 1987
Publisher: Bodley Head--dist. by Salem