DON’T STICK STICKS UP YOUR NOSE! DON’T STUFF STUFF IN YOUR EARS!
by Jerald S. Altman, Richard Jacobson
In their debut, co-authors Altman and Jacobson explain to young readers the appropriate uses for the nose, ears, and mouth—and what should go in them and what should not.
Breakfast foods, like bacon and fried eggs, do not go in the ears or nose. Neither do toy cars, bumblebees, chopsticks, stones, small animals, or art supplies—no matter how tempting it is to poke them up the nostril or through the ear canal. And why not? For one thing, “Ears have really small holes that lead into your head // Sounds should enter in them and never stuff like bread!” Plus, it scares doctors and parents and causes pain. Instead, the authors explain that the nose is just for smelling and the ears just for hearing. The short book turns to many examples to drive home its message, in both text and illustrations. Young children will find these examples familiar and comical—the perfect combination to emphasize a point to the age group most likely to squeeze a straw or crayon where they shouldn’t.