I've really come to look forward to Perfect Picture Book Fridays. My biggest challenge though is getting to read others' suggestions, which is a shame because I've picked up some great books from my fellow bloggers in the past. My goal for today: read through everyone's posts (before Monday), make a list, and then get myself to the library to get some new reading material. But I digress.
Today my selection is The Sniffles for Bear, by Bonny Becker. I was laughing out loud while reading this. Bears drama around his sickness is so genuine and the illustrations do such a great job of showing hie emotions that I just loved it and found it fun and funny to read.
Title: The Sniffles for Bear
Written by: Bonny Becker
Illustrated by: Kady MacDonald Denton
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2011
Suitable for: Ages 3 to 8
Themes/Topics: Sickness, Friendship
Opening: Bear was sick, very, very, sick. His eyes were read. his snout was red. His throat was sore and gruffly. In fact, Bear was quite sure no one had ever been as sick as he.
Brief Synopsis: from the publisher: Certain that no one has even been as sick as he is, Bear resists Mouse's efforts to cheer him and cure his cold.
Links to resources/Activities: I would ask kids to describe how it feels to be sick and what helps to cheer them up. Is it a friend (like Mouse), or is it a parent, or a special food? I always like ice cream. :)
Why I chose this book: This book was a recommendation from our librarian and I'm so happy she suggested it. I was actually laughing reading it because it reminded me of my kids and how when they're sick they just feel miserable and are sure that they will never feel better and life is over. Of course Bear gets better in the end, but I love the way his friend Mouse does everything he can to help his friend.