Sam has a cold. Sam is miserable. And Sam is learning to read with this amusing and instructive "Early Reader." In it, Sam learns that nobody catches a cold from being cold and that being around someone with a cold doesn't necessarily mean you'll get one. But Sam did. And we're there with him when he's learning that washing hands, eating good foods, and drinking lots of water are all good ways to fight illness and stay healthy. Sam doesn't like being sick, but he likes the fact that his body knows how to help him get better and he especially likes finding out that the older you get, the fewer colds you will have. Color drawings help punctuate this "sick" book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--The progress of a cold is illustrated through one child's illness. How germs are spread and the effect that they have on the body are discussed in clear, simple language. Unfortunately, although the term "germs" is used repeatedly, it is not defined. An explanation of how cells fight germs may raise more questions than it answers. Although cataloged in nonfiction, this title might be more appropriately shelved with beginning readers. Its fictional aspects, which will help readers identify with the factual material, also detract from its use as an information source. Though written for a slightly older audience, Melvin Berger's Germs Make Me Sick! (HarperCollins, 1995) gives a more detailed treatment of germs and their effects.--Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY