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You Can’t Take Your Body to a Car Mechanic!

Fred Ehrlich, illus. by Amanda Haley. Blue Apple (Consortium, dist.), $16.99 (4

Illness is the focus of this entertainingly educational addition to the You Can’t... series. In five chapters loosely devoted to digestive troubles, common ailments, germs, skin problems, and allergies, retired pediatrician/children’s author Ehrlich combines easy-to-grasp information (“Bees and wasps inject poison, and that’s why the sting hurts so much”) with lighthearted rhymes (“The day was nice./ The sun was hot./ Now I look like a lobster/ Boiled in a pot”), which might just provide a measure of comfort to those suffering some symptoms themselves. Simultaneously available: You Can’t Build a House If You’re a Hippo. Ages 4–8. (July)