The Chicken Pox Panic (book review)
The Chicken Pox Panic by Beverly Lewis, Copyright 1993, and published by Bethany House Publishers in Minneapolis, MN has been around for a while. I knew about the series because I worked in a Christian bookstore for a few years. Most bookstores sell the book for the age level of 7-8 years old.
This is book two in a series of 22 books about the adventures of children who all live on the same cul de sac called Blossom Hill Lane. In fact, the front of the book gives a map of the houses on the cul de sac. The children all seem to be elementary age so they relate well to young readers.
The author deals with the issue of adoption in a very positive way in this book. Divorce is an issue that Lewis also deals with in a sensitive way but does deal with the mixture of emotions that children face in a realistic way. There is no anger, but there is disappointment.
This is a chapter book with 11 chapters spread over 60 pages. The font is a nice size for young readers and the pictures are black and white but few in number. The plot is a birthday party that goes through the stumbles of setbacks due to chicken pox on Blossom Hill Lane. The sub plot deals with the little girl who is worried about being adopted.
If you have a young reader in your home that is just now ready for a chapter book, this will be a good start. It appeals to both boys and girls. I recommend it for families who want to keep family values intact.
Why did I read it? I took a test run before handing it off to my own granddaughter. She loves to read and is wearing out her family with level two and level three books. This will slow her down when the book is 60 pages—maybe.