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Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book (Book review Pedcast)

Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 34 years of practice and a lot to say. Thanks for joining me today. I recently came across a gem of a book that I thought you might be interested in sharing with your children. Remember those Little Golden Books we read when we were early readers. Yeah, you remember, the ones with the gold binding, hard cardboard colorful covers, and cartoon illustrated stories inside. Recall also that the books often had moral lessons embedded within the stories. Well in 2013, Diane Muldrow, a long time editor of the Little Golden Books, put together snippets from many of the Golden Books that contained wisdom that she thought children and adults could benefit from today.Reminders like “Stay curious” and “Sing even if you can’t hold a tune”, and “Use your imagination”, and “Be a hugger”, and many many more. Aren’t these wonderful things for children to hear and live. I love them. Each life lesson has an illustration from an original Golden Book that makes the content not only formational for young minds but really fun to look at for children of all ages.If you have a young child in your house and want to get them away from a video screen, impart some wisdom, entertain them with whimsical art, and maybe even start some great conversations, I strongly recommend you get a copy of this book and start enjoying. I think you will find the values and advice in The Little Golden Books very refreshing and on point in today’s world. Apparently, a lot of other folks think the book has value since  Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book has made it to the big leagues, New York Times Best Seller list. Not bad for a cartoon book.

If you have book suggestions for my review or want to recommend books that you think other families will enjoy, please send me a comment at my blog, www.docsmo.com. Not only do I love to hear from you, but you will be helping other families. always a good thing. This is Doc Smo, helping you take a good look, at another great book. Until next time.

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Dr. Paul Smolen

also known as Doc Smo by his friends, is a pediatrician with 34 years of experience caring for children and families. He is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his MOC in 2014. For the last 34 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author several research papers. He is also the author of a new parenting book called, Can Doesn’t Mean Should. He is currently a practicing pediatrician in Charlotte, NC. With 34 years under his belt, Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health. Imparting practical and useful advice is the goal of every “Pedcast”. Smiling along the way can’t hurt! “Portable Practical Pediatrics” is our mission!