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Have a Happy Measle, a Merry Mumps, and a Cheery Chickenpox

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A collection of symptoms and stories about common childhood diseases.


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A collection of symptoms and stories about common childhood diseases.

4 review for Have a Happy Measle, a Merry Mumps, and a Cheery Chickenpox

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    It's hard to know where to start with this children's book about childhood diseases (and other maladies) that predates widespread immunization. It's filled with cutting-edge medical advice circa 1958 such as "Cold, wet feet are good bait for colds," and "[When you have mumps, don't eat] spicy or sour things, because they might make your jaws and throat and neck ache and hurt." The author does make sure and tell kids not to get near Daddy because "...mumps make fathers very miserable," which is q It's hard to know where to start with this children's book about childhood diseases (and other maladies) that predates widespread immunization. It's filled with cutting-edge medical advice circa 1958 such as "Cold, wet feet are good bait for colds," and "[When you have mumps, don't eat] spicy or sour things, because they might make your jaws and throat and neck ache and hurt." The author does make sure and tell kids not to get near Daddy because "...mumps make fathers very miserable," which is quite true. Testicular inflammation will do that. Interspersed with the "factual" portions are stories that feature the diseases in question, like the family whose measles quarantine turns into a neighborhood-wide party because people keep barging in. It's clearly intended to make kids feel better about their situation. The final two pages include a list of rules for staying healthy that leads off with "Shots help." So obviously it's not anti-vaxx in any way. It was just written in a world without herd immunity. With modern eyes it seems quaint, and the illustrations are well-executed. Definitely worth reading through as an oddity if you run across a copy, but not to be taken seriously (or included in a modern library collection!)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Davis

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andulka Remediov√°

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ana BoltonArguello

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