Bear Feels Sick

Bear Feels Sick

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by Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman
     
 

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Autumn has come to the woods, and Bear doesn't feel well. He sniffles and sneezes. He cannot sleep. He aches all over. Worst of all, he's feeling too poorly to play with his friends.

How Bear's good friends take care of him with herbal tea and lullabies until he begins to FEEL BETTER is the heart of this loving story that will be familiar to any little

Overview

Autumn has come to the woods, and Bear doesn't feel well. He sniffles and sneezes. He cannot sleep. He aches all over. Worst of all, he's feeling too poorly to play with his friends.

How Bear's good friends take care of him with herbal tea and lullabies until he begins to FEEL BETTER is the heart of this loving story that will be familiar to any little one who has ever had the sniffles.

Editorial Reviews

Just like growing girls and boys, Bear sometimes feels under the weather. As autumn casts a light chill over the forest, the furry hero of Bear Snores On catches a bad case of the blahs, complete with sniffles, sneezes, and an achy body. Not even his playmates can rouse him from his sick bed. Fortunately, a little rest, several rounds of herbal tea, and a few tender, loving lullabies will put him and his young readers back in the pink. A feel-good book about not feeling well.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Wilson and Chapman's Bear and his woodland friends became virtual instant classics with Bear Snores On. That was soon followed by Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up and Bear's New Friend. Now, Bear is sick and his friends are there to help. While there is a bit of a formulaic feel to this series, the books have real merit. The language, with its strong rhythm, rhyme and repetitive structure, is very appealing and lends itself well to activities that build phonemic awareness. The underlying messages about respecting and valuing others are positive. Furthermore, the stories avoid triteness. Bear, like anyone, suffers from aches and pains, has snuffles and wheezes, and appreciates tea and sympathy; nevertheless, while we have the flu, we feel miserable. The best bet, as Bear finds, is sleep. We can only hope that when he wakes up and feels better, he will be as thoughtful to his friends (who are now sneezing and wheezing) as they were to him. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
It is a typical autumn day, with blowing leaves and golden trees. But Bear doesn't feel well. He has a cold, and is feeling alone in his cave, snuffling and sneezing. Then all of his friends come to try and help him feel better. They light a fire, fluff his blanket, and make him some broth and tea, tending him lovingly. The rhyming text and oft-repeated refrain ("Bear feels sick") make this book irresistible when read aloud. Chapman's illustrations are warm and cozy. Bear is big and cuddly. His friends are shown doing small things to help him get better, including making drawings and singing him to sleep. The paintings glow with the light of the fire and the heat of the cave. What more could anyone ask when under the weather than a snug house and plenty of TLC?
—Susan E. MurrayCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
This gentle rhyming tale about being sick and taking care of friends is sure to cheer up even the sniffliest of small patients. It's a beautiful autumn day, but Bear is feeling sick and cannot play with his friends. Instead of leaving him to recuperate alone, they tenderly try to make him feel better. Hare snuggles a blanket around him and mouse gives him a hug, while badger gets some water so that gopher can cook some broth and mole can put a cool cloth on his forehead. When this does not cure him, the birds fly off to get some leaves for tea, but Bear "still feels sick." Lullabies finally coax him off to sleep, and when he awakens, all their efforts have paid off. Unfortunately, now his friends are feeling sick, and bear unflinchingly takes up the mantle of caregiver. Chapman's acrylic illustrations are as delightful as ever, depicting an adorable cast of forest animals in warm earth tones. The friends' love for one another is more than evident from their facial expressions and tender actions. This is a sure soother for anyone home sick in bed. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599614861
Publisher:
Spotlight
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Series:
Bear by Karma Wilson Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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Bear Feels Sick 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dianneVA More than 1 year ago
This book is so sweet. The animals take care of each other which is a great life lesson. The writing is very good and the illustrations are beautiful. "Bear" is a great series of books. I have been happy with every one of them and my son love them.
sydneysmom More than 1 year ago
My daughter is 2.5 years old and loves all the books in this series. They are easy and fun to read. She will repeat the key phrases with me (i.e. "Bear feels sick!" "Bear Wants More!").