My EMS Book Review for July is Please Don’t Dance In My Ambulance by Barry Bachenheimer. Readers of my reviews may be calling foul already. Sure, reviewing an EMS children’s book is a sharp break from my regular reading regimen. To be honest, I gave up caffeine this month and have subsequently dropped to a third-grade reading comprehension level! Luckily, this book is a great purchase for readers of all levels. I thought of two great uses for this book as I flipped through its colorful pages.
First, it’s a fun story for any EMS provider to share with the young children in their family. The short, whimsical rhyming and cartoon illustrations will bring a Dr. Seuss feel to story time.
Second, this book would be a good tool to have on hand at EMS public relations events. Young children are frequently apprehensive around ambulances, and this short story (perhaps read from the tailboard to a group of kids) would be perfect for decreasing their anxiety about ambulances.
There does come a point in the story where everyone gets to dance in the ambulance after their hard work is complete. Bachenheimer discussed his hard work as an EMT and educator on an episode of Medical Author Chat last year. Check out the interview, then grab the book to read for the young children in your life!