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Going by the book: 4-year-old calls 911, stays calm after mother falls ill

The day of Tony’s 911 call was like any other day in the Sharpe household, which is located off Badger Road….

While Courtenay lay on the floor in agony and barely conscious, her son called 911, drawing help from the North Star Volunteer Fire Department… “Can you call the ambulance?” he asked the dispatcher. “When Daddy gets here, Daddy will see if there’s something wrong with mommy,” he added.

The 4-year-old described the family’s apartment building as white with a blue roof.

Deidre Savarino was wandering the toy aisle, as grandmothers do, at a St. Louis store when she came across a book with a bright red cover and a telephone dial pad.

“It’s Time to Call 911: What to do in an Emergency” seemed like the perfect read for Savarino’s grandson, Tony, an inquisitive 3-year-old whose mother suffers from asthma. Savarino bought the book and mailed it to her grandson, who is now 4 and lives in North Pole.

Read the story and listen to the 911 call […]

The book is
It’s Time to Call 911: What to Do in an Emergency (It’s Time to) (Board book) by Inc. Penton Overseas (Author)
# Reading level: Baby-Preschool
# Board book: 16 pages
# Publisher: Penton Overseas; Bk&Acces edition (January 3, 2005)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1591252741
# ISBN-13: 978-1591252740
# Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 7 x 0.5 inches

If you listen to the 911 call, you will note that the dispatcher asks some yes-no questions that are not very helpful. For example, “Can I speak with your mommy?” “Yes” which is true but mommy couldn’t speak because she was unconscious. On the other hand, there were some very good questions, too, from which a 4-year old could convey information.

From the description of the book, it is built on a number of clear learning principles for young children. Another excellent brief source, with practice ideas and games, for families from,

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