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Stories for Children MagazineTess, a three-year-old girl, is not feeling very well. When her mother tells her that she has a "bug," she first imagines that there is a real insect inside her--maybe a beetle or a flea! Then Mom says that it is a "sick bug," and the two begin to imagine what a "sick bug" might look like and do. After this, Mom remembers a book that her mother had about "sick bugs" and what to do about them. The story ends with some simple but true advice on how to send the sick bug away. I think that this book is delightful and will be welcomed by those who are trying to comfort a sick child.
The author, an attorney who decided to stay home and take care of her three children, has endured many Minnesota cold and flu seasons and based this story upon a conversation with her three-year-old about catching a "bug." All children have experienced these kinds of illnesses, so the combination of serious with silly will appeal to them. Also, the clever rhyming dialogue between mother and daughter and the whimsically amusing illustrations by Shawn McCann will appeal to the parents who read this story to their youngsters. This is a great children's picture book to while away the hours while suffering from the sniffles.