What’s Bugging Nurse Penny?

from Albert Whitman


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  • Fun-and-Learning

  • What’s Bugging Nurse Penny? published by Albert Whitman
  • Written by: Catherine Stier
  • Illustrated by: Suzanne Beaky
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 4 and up


Overall Editor's Rating

What It Is

Nurse Penny is a fun and funky school nurse who wears honeybee earrings and carries a ladybug purse. But there's one kind of bug she'd rather not have around – head lice! So she calls a special school assembly to talk about those pesky critters–what they look like, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of them. After all, lice can happen to anyone–even the school nurse!

Is It Fun?

If there's one thing that is sure to cause a panic in the classroom and at home, it's the news that a student has head lice. While a major nuisance, there is nothing to panic about and Nurse Penny's story is a great way to help educate kids and parents about the facts of lice. (Ba-dum-bum!) The illustrations are colorful and friendly, making it a great book for at home or in the classroom, should the situation arise.

Who It’s For

This book is appropriate for ages 4 and up. It's available in e-book which is a great option if you can't find it in your local library.

What To Be Aware Of

Though Nurse Penny talks about getting rid of lice, this is not a "how-to" book.