Memphis – “Don’t Get Sick, Stan!” is a children’s picture book written by 32 students at Christian Brothers University(CBU) last semester in their Parasitology class taught by Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology and Director of Preprofessional Health Programs.
The book, written under the pen name of Alfredo Colón, is the story of Stan, a 3rd grader who goes to school and encounters a virus, a bacterium, a protozoan and a parasitic worm, all of which can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Stan learns that by taking simple precautions such as handwashing, drinking clean water, and avoiding contaminated food, he can avoid getting sick from these diseases. This book is appropriate for children in grades 3 through 6, and is published via Amazon’s CreateSpace imprint.
“I gave the students a choice of taking a final exam or writing a children’s picture book on all the wonderful diseases that cause abdominal pain and diarrhea which a kid can get in a school cafeteria,” notes Eisen. “The students picked the writing of a children’s picture book.” Eisen adds with a smile, “By the way, naming the character “Stan” was their idea, not mine.”
In addition to impacting the elementary school systems, Eisen is also speaking with local healthcare providers about using the book as part of their outreach to the local community.
A booksigning with Eisen will be held on April 16, 3:00-6:00 p.m., at the CBU Bookstore located on the lower level of the Thomas Center. It is also available online at: Amazon.com.
For more information on CBU’s biology offerings or Preprofessional Health Programs, contact Dr. Stan Eisen at email@example.com or (901) 321-3447. ###