Sniffles for Bear

Sniffles for Bear

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by Bonny Becker
     
 

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The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair.

Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is. So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear "as good as new" by

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The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair.

Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is. So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear "as good as new" by reading a sunny story, singing a rousing chorus and plinking a twangy tune on her banjo, the pitifully coughing Bear - growing weaker by the minute - is convinced that his tiny friend does not appreciate the gravity of the situation. Can there be any saving Bear from his certain demise? Welcome the world's most lovable curmudgeon and his endearing, unstoppable sidekick in a wry new comedy sure to have even red-eyed, sniffly-nosed readers rolling with laughter.

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The body language of the characters conveys a huge emotional range. Whether readers are fans of this homey pair or new to the dynamic duo's doings, they will delight in the childlike repartee and comfortable friendship.
—School Library Journal

Bear's comic sad-sack histrionics, couched in his formal phraseology, and the contrast with Mouse's perky attempts at assistance deliver bear-sized portions of humor. Kids won't have to be sniffly themselves to appreciate the sickroom drama, but it could also lighten the burden of those sentenced to whining and high Kleenex use.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When Bear is miserably sick with a terrible cold, his friend Mouse arrives ready to make him "good as new." As Mouse cheerfully begins to read to him, Bear moans that Mouse does not realize how sick he is. Mouse tries singing a song, then playing his banjo. Bear finds this "intolerable," and has Mouse help him up to bed. Mouse then makes some good soup, but Bear is only ready to make his will. As Bear leaves all his belongings to Mouse, he becomes angry at Mouse's seeming disregard of his terrible illness. He bids Mouse a sad farewell, and begins to snore. By the time he wakes up, he is feeling better. Then it is Mouse's turn to require care from Bear. Denton's jacket scene of the anthropomorphic odd couple demonstrates her skill at accurately portraying the emotions of her characters. There is no doubt how they feel: the large, dreary Bear and the small, sprightly smiling Mouse. Double-page scenes produced with ink, watercolors, and gouache include just enough detail of Bear's house for background of the amusing story and Bear's melodramatic actions. The scene of Mouse dragging him up the stairs is particularly comic. This joins the three other books starring this appealing pair. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—High-drama king Bear and endlessly cheerful Mouse return in this gently humorous tale. Convinced that no one has ever been so sick, Bear grumpily welcomes his friend but warns that he is near death's door. Mouse listens sympathetically and then tries everything he can think of to cheer his pal—singing, reading aloud, banjo playing, soup, humor—all to no avail. After a nap the formerly cranky Bear wakes up refreshed and feeling much better, only to discover that Mouse has developed the sniffles. With the tables turned, he nurses his little friend. The expressive, lightly colored watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations sweep across the pages, using the spreads and white space to great advantage. The body language of the characters conveys a huge emotional range. Whether readers are fans of this homey pair or new to the dynamic duo's doings, they will delight in the childlike repartee and comfortable friendship.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406336535
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Bonny Becker is the author of four books about Bear and Mouse as well as a number of other award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in Seattle.

Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of all three Bear and Mouse stories as well as Two Homes by Claire Masurel. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

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