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Who's Sick Today?

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Baboons with balloons, possums with blossoms—charming creatures of all kinds show that smiles and love help make the best of a day in bed or a stay in the hospital. Every child will find comfort in these lovable animals and whimsical rhymes.

Rhyming text and illustrations introduce a variety of animals with different ailments.

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Overview

Baboons with balloons, possums with blossoms—charming creatures of all kinds show that smiles and love help make the best of a day in bed or a stay in the hospital. Every child will find comfort in these lovable animals and whimsical rhymes.

Rhyming text and illustrations introduce a variety of animals with different ailments.

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The witty joining of everyday aches and pains with exotic creatures will make this a popular choice for the picture book set.-School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Using imaginative settings, the author has created a rhyming primer on animals who are sick. Page one shows a busy classroom scene with an empty desk. The teacher, a white cockatoo, asks, ``Who's sick today?'' The next page reveals a modified beaver den with beavers tucked under quilts while a pelican doctor tends their fevers. The walls are a mass of twigs and mud, and fish float outside the curtained window. Next we see a ``snake with an ache,'' then visit a clinic where a ``whale on a scale'' and a ``chimp with a limp'' are being treated. A trip to the hospital shows patients recovering from sore throats, aches and pains, with lots of visitors around to cheer things up. In every scene there is someone to care for the sick, whether it's the doctor, a concerned parent or a party of well-wishers, making this a cheerful, gently reassuring book. Ages 4-6. (March)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A small red fox has chicken pox and the flu plagues a gnu, but all ends well in this "cheerful, gently reassuring book," said PW. Ages 3-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K A familiar experience for children at school, looking around the classroom to see who is absent, is turned into a whimsical roll call of childhood ailments. In this case, symptoms are related to different, unlikely animals: ``Beavers with fevers. . .a chimp with a limp. . .stoats with sore throats.'' On each double page, Cherry pictures a patient, either in a cheerful bedroom, a doctor's office, or a bright hospital room. Attentive mom and dad animals and the doctor, a wise-looking stork with a gray fringe of hair and tiny spectacles, are nearby. The minimal text may produce some giggles, but the real charm lies in the softly shaded, carefully detailed pictures. Plump pillows, draped covers, and favorite toys make beds comfortable havens. Best of all are the accurately textured animalsbristly, furry, feathery, almost inviting a touch. At the end is a reassuring return to class of a former patient``a porcupine who's feeling fine.'' This encouraging message and the witty joining of everyday aches and pains with exotic creatures will make this a popular choice for the picture book set. Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152018863
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.01 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

LYNNE CHERRY has devoted her life to sharing her concern about environmental issues with others. Her important children's books also include The Armadillo from Amarillo and two tales from the Amazon rain forest: The Great Kapok Tree and The Shaman's Apprentice. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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