Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Sniffles for Bear review

The Sniffles for Bear
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. 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. (goodreads summary)

Poor Bear...he is definitely under the weather and little Mouse is so eager to help him feel better. This is a delightful story that will give a giggle or two as you read how Mouse tries so hard to help Bear feel better but Bear just seems to be beside himself with misery. He even thinks he's dying and decides he must make a will, his illness is that bad. The illustrations are so cute and witty as Bear being ever-so dramatic in expression. Mouse is just as adorable with his keep trying anything attitude to help him feel better. This makes for a great read-aloud as the text flowed nicely and it would be fun to read Bear's character with an overly dramatic voice that matches the pictures. The story shows what being a good friend is like and there is a heartwarming role reversal in the end. This is a nice addition to the Bear and Mouse series for this funny duo and I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-7.~
Title: The Sniffles for Bear
Author: Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady McDonald Denton
Pub. Date: September 2011, Candlewick Press
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.

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