If Beaver Had a Fever

If Beaver Had a Fever

by Helen Ketteman, Kevin O'Malley
Mama Bear imagines she’s a doctor and comes up with some very imaginative cures


Mama Bear imagines she’s a doctor and comes up with some very imaginative cures

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Children's Literature - Candace Deisley
Little Bear is concerned about his mother's doctoring skills; what would she do if Goat had a sore throat? If Fox had the chicken pox? If Weasel had the measles? Mama has a great rhyming answer for each of these questions and Bear is comforted, but... What if the sick one were him? She thinks a bit, and promises him stories, songs and balloons, tickling and his favorite treats. He is reassured when she tells him, "Whatever goes wrong, your Mama Bear's here." This is a wonderful story to have on hand when someone is not feeling his best, and needs to gain some confidence in the abilities and love of his caregiver. It is recommended for purchase by child care centers, as well as libraries. The bright and cheery illustrations, rendered in art markers, colored pencils, and crayons show the characters as well as illustrations presumably done by a child. This should have wide appeal. Reviewer: Candace Deisley
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Momma Bear and her cub enjoy a rhyming conversation about how she'd care for the animals if she were a doctor. "If you were a doctor/in charge of the zoo,/what would you do/if Gnu had the flu?" asks Little Bear. Momma would come to the rescue with cake and the appropriate pills. But what about chimps with limps, deer that can't hear, a meerkat that gets too fat, or weasels with measles? Momma has the proper cure for every one of them. The question inevitably turns to "how would you be/if you were a doctor,/and the sick one were me?" As that would be a special case, Momma's proposed cures are extra nice. Little Bear would get his favorite foods, a round of board games, cuddles and tickles, and the best care of all. O'Malley's illustrations were done with crayons, colored pencils, and colored markers. In the foreground Momma and Little Bear have their playful conversation, while behind them Little Bear's artwork—drawn to mimic crayon drawings by children—act as the backdrop. Overall, an additional story about a mother's enduring love.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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