Fiction - Humor/Comedy
32 Pages
Reviewed on 09/05/2019
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Author Biography

S. Todd Stolp MD is a physician and father of three who ran a full-spectrum rural family practice in northern California for twenty years, and then served as the Public Health Officer for Tuolumne County, California, for 12 years. During his public health career, Dr. Stolp worked on statewide and national public health committees, did overseas work on Ebola and stateside work on Zika as well as research and consultations on issues from Native American tobacco use to suicide. During his years of medical practice, he coauthored and illustrated four children’s books addressing a range of topics from the medical exam to vaccinations and habitual behavior. He has often spoken at conferences on topics related to health literacy, with an emphasis on good science made more palatable with a generous dose of humor. He now operates STS Studios in Sonora, California, producing media messages about the adventures of his career and lessons learned while raising three children, all with the aim of advancing health literacy and testing the “laughter reflex.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Charlene D Jones for Readers' Favorite

When we go for a stroll, we amble slowly enough to collect all the bits of trees, leaves, air breezes and more. We take our time. This delightful collection of poetry by Stuart T Stolp, titled Stroll, encourages us to do the same: stroll through the pages, each one dotted with sweet illustrations. Each poem focuses on a different theme from ecology to recycling, from whimsy to the digestive tract, and if at least two poems detail our bodies, it is done with taste and an impish humor that delights. The aim of the book is poetry for children, but older children would best appreciate the themes and some handling of them.

Most of Stuart T Stolp’s poems in Stroll arrive as limericks but occasionally shorter lined verses appear. If the rhythm falls away from a strict beat and the odd word lands outside the expected downstroke, that is to be forgiven. Writing within a poetic structure is high demand, as anyone who has tried will attest. The grammar within each poem fits the theme and size of the lines, so the reader gains immediate and pleasing access to the author’s wit. If the author has stretched once or twice to make words rhyme as in “peristalsis” with his made-up word “wallses,” we have Dr. Seuss’s precedent to rely upon. Overall, this short book is sweet, light and graceful and almost all the poems are suitable for an older child, or an adult who still carries the child in their heart.