Whenever we go somewhere in the car Mia always takes at least two books to read, usually Richard Scarry ones which she just adores. The other day Simon brought home a new one, What Do People Do All Day?, which is about people and their jobs. I recognised it straight away as one I had in my own childhood, and had loved as much as Mia now does. In the story A visit to the Hospital Abby goes to the Doctor who looks at her tonsils and announces “Hmmmm. Very bad tonsils, I shall have to take them out. Meet me at the hospital tomorrow”. With the promise of ice-cream Abby goes to the hospital and has an operation. As a child I really wanted to have the same operation, most likely inspired by the thought of icecream, though it never happened and I still have my tonsils.
Having bought a small medical set for Mia the other day she then asked for a nurses hat and coat, so this afternoon I made her a Nurse Nelly hat. It’s funny how often things re-occur in your life, when I was exactly her age I had a Nurse Nelly set made for me, and spent a lot of time tending to caterpillars and moths in a jar. I still love these books, so it’s lovely to have them around again. Have a look at these re-purposed envelopes that Cat Taylor makes from pre-loved Richard Scarry books, just lovely.