While preparing to write this post, I have found that this set is sold out. Other versions are readily available, but without Nurse Periwinkle and the pharmacy. I am thankful to have ordered one before the holiday shopping season got started.
Medical stuff makes me anxious, so we have renamed this building the Science Center. It’s a place where scientifically-minded Sylvanians can conduct research and push the boundaries of current knowledge but also where critters fill prescriptions, pick up bandages, and treatment for colds, flu, and other ailments or injuries.
If you find the idea of injured critters distressing, I am with you on that. But, aside from just being fun to create science-y type stories and the overall adorableness of the set, it’s also been helpful in attempts to quiet some of the medical based anxiety. Sylvanian medical professionals are the best, least threatening caregivers you could hope to find, and since making up stories is a coping mechanism for many people, including me, it’s a fun, non stress way to deal with medical stuff. Thankfully, we don’t have many medical appointments, but when we do, creating social stories is helpful too, and what better way to do that then with Sylvanians? But, mostly, I am looking forward to some mad science adventures!
This is what the box looks like:
This photo shows the helpful information about stickers and folding paper items.
I will never not get excited about opening a box from Sylvania!
First out is Nurse Kate Periwinkle! In the usually confusing fashion, her family is sometimes known as the Buttermilk or Milk Rabbits (It’s my understanding that this is their name in Japan.) and, in the world of Calico Critters, the Sweet Pea Rabbits.
I love her and her outfit, particularly her cap. Rose and Taylor Timbertop are happy to welcome her to Greenbearshire. They have been lacking medical professionals for quite a long while!
The front of the building is lovely. Look at the thriving plant life!
The interior, waiting for supplies and decorations:
Next comes all the furniture and smaller bits:
Nurse Periwinkle quickly organizes the furniture for placement. She is very efficient!
One of my favorite pieces is these tiny pills in tiny blister packs.
Thanks to Nurse Periwinkle’s organizational skills, everything is quickly and carefully put in it’s place.
Next, she collected all the pharmacy bits.
The pharmacy is quickly and properly organized for patients. Thank you Nurse Periwinkle!
Another fun item in this set is the doctor’s coat. Taylor Timbertop says “I’m not a doctor but I play one in this blog post!”
The clinic has it’s first patient! Poor Byron Underwood has a cast. His Grandma looks very worried!
But, Nurse Periwinkle notices some of her supplies are missing and thinks it’s rather odd that she doesn’t remember making a cast for Byron. She also knows that Byron sometimes likes to try to get extra special attention from his grandma. While her ears flap nervously, she tries to explain this. “Mildred, it’s very possible that Byron isn’t injured at all..”
Nurse training is excellent for treating illness and injuries, but there really should be a class on handling the awkward social situations nurses sometimes find themselves in while caring for patients.
But, Mildred knows her grandbadger very well, and decides to get to the bottom of the situation. “I’ll be right back!” she says. “Byron, don’t even think about moving, not while you are recovering!” She is gone for several hours, while Byron becomes increasingly bored. Being hurt is much less fun when your grandma isn’t nearby.
Finally, Mildred returns, looking very pleased and carrying a fancy looking piece of paper. “I stepped out for a few hours to get my medical degree! Now I can handle any injuries Byron may have without him giving this poor nurse any difficulties.”
Mildred is a very intelligent badger, but this is impressive, even for her. She quickly and correctly names all the bones in a badger leg, foot, and ankle, along with the possible injuries and treatments. Nurse Periwinkle is very pleased, she hopes Mildred will be willing to use her medical skills at the clinic, as well as to tend to Byron, who clearly needs a lot of attention.
Mildred peers at Byron, who is turning a very colorful shade of red. “Now then, Byron, as your doctor and your grandmother, I believe you need to stay in bed and rest until this heals.”
Byron then experiences a miraculous recovery.
“Grandma, I’m better! We need to get ice cream to celebrate! DOUBLE TRIPLE SCOOPS!!!” Byron is clearly well and jumps up and down on the bed to prove it. Mildred, happy with her new accomplishment, leads Byron off in the direction of the ice cream cart.
Nurse Periwinkle waves to them, happy all is well, while mentally scheduling Byron for an appointment with the dentist.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with this set, and really have no criticism, except that space can be a little tight. But, placing a cosy cottage on top would fix that issue. The detailed pieces are great! There are pages of stickers and boxes to fold included.
Stickers for the clinic: sylvanian-country-clinic-stickers
Boxes to fold for the clinic: sylvanian-country-clinic-punchfold
Pharmacy boxes and stickers: sylvanian-country-clinic-pharmacy-extras
There is also a storybook that is part of this set. Read it here: sylvanian-country-doctor-storybook
My set came from the London Sylvanian shop. They still have another version available, though it does not come with Nurse Periwinkle or the pharmacy. It is an excellent addition to your collection in any version.