Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse Review 

Synopsis from Independent Publishers Group

Follow Moe and Malaya as they make fascinating discoveries at the nurses’ office! Moe wants to play with his best friend and cousin, Malaya, but before they can go exploring, Malaya has to visit the nurse for a checkup. What seems like an ordinary visit turns out to be a fun-filled learning experience, with Moe along for the ride. While joining Moe and Malaya on their visit to the nurse, children will learn how cool nursing can be, and how they can become nurses, too!

About: Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse is a children’s picture book written by Odile Nelson, translated by Louise Flaherty, and illustrated by Peggy Collins. It was published on 7/1/2010 by Inhabit Media, an imprint of Independent Publishers Group, paperback, 40 pages. This book is intended for readers ages 6 to 10, grades 1 to 5. The genres are picture book, fiction, and indigenous theme. According to Inhabit Media’s website, it is “an Inuit-owned publishing company, aims to preserve and promote the stories, knowledge and talent of Inuit and northern Canada.” Please see below for more information about the author.

My Experience: I started reading Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse on 4/20/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. We read it again on 5/7/17. This book is awesome! I love books that motivate kids to get excited about doing something when they grow up. This book introduces kids about nursing, the different types of nurse, and how boys can be a nurse too!

In this book, readers will follow Moe as he gets ready to visit his cousin and best friend Malaya. As he arrived to Malaya’s house, he joined Malaya and her dad to visit the nurse because Malaya has been sick all week and she’s going in for a check up. Moe is excited because he thinks going into the nurse’s office is an adventure. At the nurse’s office, Moe learns that boys can be a nurse too and that the strange instrument the nurse puts into Malaya’s mouth is actually called a thermometer and it is used to measure Malaya’s temperature. He’s so excited to learn about an odd necklace which turns out to be a stethoscope that lets him hears his heart beat. I love that a visit to the nurse becomes a learning opportunities for kids. 

This picture book is definitely a great read for children by themselves, with family, or in the classroom. I love Moe’s excitement about an adventure. I love the nurse’s office’s willingness to explain and teach kids new things. This is my first time reading a book with foreign language, especially indigenous themed. I love the few foreign words mixed into the story, like ataata means father. I love that Moe is such a kid that he still puts his shoes on backwards when he gets excited because my son can relate to this little error. This book is truly the best for children and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Pro: foreign language, indigenous theme, foreign cultures, family, friendship, curiosity, nursing, learning adventure, excitement about new things, definitions of big words

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: IPG’s Website or Buy here for free shipping: Book Depository

About the Author:

Odile Nelson remembers wanting to be many different things when she grew up – nurse, astronaut, actress, zookeeper. Writing turned out to be a good fit. This is her first children’s book. She has lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut for more than eight years and hopes to call it home for many more. (Photo and Info taken from the book).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Independent Publishers Group for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.


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