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The Crazy, Wonderful Things Kids Say

Tales from the Singing Pediatrician

by Arnold L. Tanis

Contributions by Elizabeth Tanis and Edward J. Saltzman

Published by: Indiana University Press

135 Pages, 5.00 x 8.00 x 0.00 in, 16 color illus., 2 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780253032492
  • Published: April 2018


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  • eBook
  • 9780253034137
  • Published: April 2018


"Hey, doctor, I want to tell you something!"

For 54 years, kids have shared with pediatrician Arnold Tanis stories, questions, and bold pronouncements about their childhood worlds. In between treating them, the good doctor wrote many of them down. Three generations of patients offer memorable and downright funny observations and opinions about all sorts of things: shots, school, their brothers and sisters, growing up, and even Dr. Tanis himself and whether he can sing as well as he thinks he does. The parents also chime in, both to complain about all their kids put them through and to celebrate how well they eventually turn out.

A tireless, lifelong advocate of child safety, Dr. Tanis's impact on his patients and their families spans decades. This book is a testament to his career and a memorable glimpse of the warm and sometimes crazy world of a singing pediatrician.