DR ABC is a new magazine teaching 7-11 year olds (Key Stage 2) the basics of First Aid. It is the brainchild of Deborah Slator. A few years back, Deborah produced another First Aid magazine called ‘Focus on First Aid’ that covered many aspects of First Aid – history, news, awards and so on. Sadly it had a limited life but production standards were high and I had similarly high hopes for this new magazine.
The magazine is a glossy 36-page cartoon-style magazine. It introduces us to a group of pupils at a School (“Learnalot”) as well as others such as the caretaker and a paramedic. Through cartoons, quizzes and ‘handy facts’ we are introduced to the human body and the basics of various First Aid techniques up to and including the use of a defibrillator (“defib”).
It is a very interactive magazine with colouring-in pages, a crossword and a word search amongst other features as well as step-by-step instruction on the techniques for dealing with choking, bleeding and unconscious casualties. The bulk of the middle section is a story about how the pupils save the day following an incident and any child reading it should be inspired by it.
There are a couple of minor typos but nothing to detract from what is a very good magazine and, at £3.50 including postage, is excellent value for money. It is not clear whether this is a one-off or the first in a number of occasional print runs. Knowing the effort that has been put in, it could never be a magazine with a regular publication but I do hope that it has siblings one day.
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