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A picture book designed to inform and reassure children who are worried about going to the doctor.

Archie and his big sister Amber are two of the Shady Bay Buddies who live in the close-knit community of Shady Bay Island. They love playing outside together, but one day Archie falls from the garden swing and hurts his arm. He's very worried when it's made clear he'll need to see the doctor. With his mum and Amber by his side, Archie goes off to the doctor and is pleasantly surprised to find it's not that bad after all. There are fun things to do there and the doctor is very kind. This delightful picture book, with adorable crocheted characters designed and made by Emma Brown, will become a firm favourite with young children who are fearful of doctors and hospitals.

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10th September '17
I read it to CopyMonkey aged 3 aged 3
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
My three year old son loves this book!!  The story is interesting and straight forward.  Perfect for getting an important message to my adventurous little boy, which is when you have an accident and hurt yourself, the doctor will help you get better.  The cause of the accident in the story is also something any child can relate to: falling off the swings because you are standing on it.  But what really draw my child and myself in are the pictures. The entire story is told through crochet animals interacting with miniature objects or cutouts. It is an absolute delight to see and to notice all the little details!!  So far, my son has asked me repeatedly to read it to him. And I don't mind because there's always something new in the visuals to lookout for. And he has read it to himself several times as well. We will definitely look for more books from this author and series. I, and my son, can't wait. 
19th September '17
I read it to racer217 aged 4 aged 4
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
this book has been amazing to help my son :)

he gets very anxious about going to the doctor and does get poorly alot :(

we recently used this book to also help him for good few days before we had to go to hospital and really worked wonders and even took the book to hospital with him to show the doctor he was in the storybook ;)

so all in all would defintely buy more and very highly recomended !!
5th September '17
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 5 aged 5
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
This is a really good book, with nice illustrations too. Archie falls off the swing and hurts his arm. So he has to go to the doctors. The doctor is really nice and archie is very brave and gets a sling. My little boy enjoyed this book and its a nice way of teaching children that going to the doctors is nothing to worry about.
21st September '17
I read it to AngusP aged 4 aged 4 & to HannahP aged 2 aged 2
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
This is a lovely story about a little boy, Archie, who falls off a swing and hurts his arm.  He has to visit the  doctor where he meets his friend, and the doctor helps them both to feel better.  The story is beautifully illustrated with crochet animals and cut out backdrops.  You can also find Archie's toy rabbit who is hiding on every page.

It's a simple story, told in a way that is easy to understand and is loved by both my 2 and 4 year old.  They especially like that Archie has the same doctor set as them!
29th September '17
I read it to Cjamison aged 5 aged 5
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
My five year old son is a very anxious boy so this book about visiting the doctor was great to explain how a visit works, shows that it's not scary and that the doctor is nice and helpful.

He loved the characters of Archie and his sister and compared them to himself and his sister. The imagery is beautiful. Instead of illustrations, the characters are knitted animals which have been photographed - a lovely unique way of creating a world. 
7th September '17
I read it to FreyasBooks aged 4 aged 4
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
This is an adorable book. My daughter loved the crocheted characters as she has a few crochet soft toys too! She also really enjoyed finding the cute bunny in every scene. 
7th September '17
I read it to Missmoo aged 6 aged 6 & to Locket aged 3 aged 3
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
This book is beautiful, we all love the crochet animals super cute and colourful, Archie and Amber are brother and sister who love each other very much, Amber is so kind to her brother especially when he falls and hurts himself, she tried to reassure him as much as possible and this then is passed on as he is kind to his friend in the doctors surgery. A lovely book which shows kindness and love between siblings 
8th September '17
I read it to Lil aged 2 aged 2
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
Excellent story about going to the Doctors. I thought that it was very true to life, and very child friendly. The characters were lovely and I just love the illustrations of them as wool teddies. Lily really enjoyed this. 
10th September '17
Warren read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
5 stars
This is a super cute story book.
Lovely story and great fun finding the bunny in every scene. 
Easy to read for younger readers and an ideal bedtime story. 
20th September '17
I read it to Edison aged 5 to 7
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
4 stars
Relatable experiences for children. Found extremely useful for supporting anxiety around this topic. We both love the pictures!
7th September '17
I read it to LizzieBee aged 3 aged 3
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
4 stars
We liked this story a lot, especially searching for the bunny on each page! Archie and his sister were likable and it was lovely that the story included siblings playing together, looking after each other, and obvious direct consequences (hurt after falling off a swing) The mix of photos and illustration was great too. Monly complaint is that the toys were coloured based on gender stereotype! 
30th September '17
I read it to Nara aged 2 aged 2
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
4 stars
This is a lovely book who I read to my two year old. She loves the pictures. The story is really good for her to recognise hurting yourself and a doctor helping to make you feel better as she doesn't like to doctors. I'm hoping the more I read it to her the more she will feel comfortable with doctors. The only thing I would have liked for it to have included in the story is about the doctor giving medicine and the character having to take it to make him feel better. But it's a lovely simple story that my 2 year old really likes. 
9th August '17
I read it to Zara aged 6 aged 6 & to Yasmin aged 2 aged 2
Shady Bay Buddies: Archie Goes to the Doctor 9781782495444
4 stars
Delightful read, my nieces were already interested as they love playing doctor.
However they have more of a fear of injections from the nurse or the dentists. Perhaps a dentist version would have been more appropriate to dispel fears. 
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About Emma Brown

Emma Brown, an expert in crochet, created the Shady Bay Buddies when her daughters were younger. They spent many happy times making up stories of animals who lived together on a far-away island called Shady Bay. Having always enjoyed crocheting, she began thinking up designs for the characters and writing her own patterns. Some of the Shady Bay Buddies can b...

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