Fall 2023

Dash Can Do It

Taking on Diabetes

From the Series Helping Paws Academy

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

It’s Dash’s first day at the hospital, and her confidence is wavering. She wonders whether she has what it takes to be a good facility dog. Then Dash meets Francisco, a ten-year-old diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and her training kicks in.

Can Dash help Francisco cope with pokes, shots, and other parts of his diabetes treatment? Join Dash to find out more about Francisco as he takes on diabetes!

Therapy dogs are specially trained to help kids through medical experiences—from lifting spirits, motivating movement, modeling the power of play, and more. Nonfiction back matter provides more information about medical topics introduced in the books, from acute to chronic issues, while also providing more information about therapy dog programs and the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Mayo Clinic Press
Imprint Mayo Clinic Press Kids
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002070, JUV015020, JUV039050
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 640
Guided Reading Level M
Features Bibliography/further reading, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Mavis Bean

Mavis Bean is a children's author and dog lover living in Rochester, MN. She loves helping readers discover new interests while becoming lifelong readers.

Illustrator: Beth Hughes

Beth Hughes is an illustrator and concept artist. She loves using art to get those stories out. Her work credits include children's books, mural designs, and concept art and character design work for various animation companies. She's also participated in several art book publications and gallery events.

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