The Emergency Book by Jeanne Bendick

This is one of the most practical books I have seen in a long time. Besides First Aid information, there was lost of practical information such as how to turn off the house electrical system and how to tell a circuit breaker from a fuse (and how to replace a fuse!). I suddenly wondered if my kids knew how to turn off the electricity and how old I was when I learned it. What to do when something goes wrong baby sitting? What to do if you get crank calls or if a stranger asks you for directions? What to do if you are caught in an undertow? This book was written in 1967, published by Rand McNally and Library of Congress Card Catalog Number: 67-18895 (pre ISBN numbers). Some of the first aid information is a bit dated, but none of it is outright wrong. It is worth reading for any kids who especially might want to be baby sitters. I think both boys and girls would find it useful once they got going on the reading. It made me think that perhaps our generation, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s were expected to be somewhat more independent and self sufficient than today’s kids, especially those with “helicopter parents.”


About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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