The Hospital Scares Me
Hogan and Hogan
In 1980, this would have been a decent choice for a picture book collection. Our protagonist, Dan, falls off the monkey bars and breaks an ankle. It is bad enough to require surgery and a hospital stay. The purpose is to explain to kids what happens in the hospital from check-in, x-rays, surgery, etc. We even have characters in the book who aren’t white! Dan gets around on crutches and heals up nicely. Cue the music.
With a 1980 publication date, I would imagine that many things are different. Right off the bat the nurse on the cover is wearing a cap that hasn’t been a part of a nurse uniform in decades. In fact, most of the uniforms and equipment look dated. They could also add a scene where Dan’s parents have a heart attack because their insurance won’t even make a dent in their bill from the hospital.