The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker

Cindy: It’s that time of year…if you don’t have a cold yourself, there’s someone nearby ready to sneeze on you to be sure you get one soon. The Sniffles for Bear (Candlewick 2011) will make you smile no matter how sick you are.

Bear was sick, very, very sick.
His eyes were red. 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.

Wrapped in his quilts next to a roaring fire and a wastebasket overflowing with crumpled tissues, bear’s misery is interrupted by a visitor…Mouse.

“I have come!” declared Mouse. “Soon you’ll be good as new!”

But as those of you know, the ill are not easily soothed. Bear rejects Mouse’s stories, songs, soup and other attempts to cheer or cure him. Kady MacDonald Denton’s watercolor and gouache illustrations are the tonic to cure anything that ails the reader, though. Bear is a dramatic patient and Mouse is a determined friend who always has one more cure that is “just the thing.” Their actions will make the most insufferable patient smile…and the inevitable conclusion…yes, I warned you. Colds spread easily.

Lynn: Poor Bear!  Mouse was much too cheerful – he clearly didn’t appreciate the gravity of Bear’s situation.  In fact, Bear was sure he was not long for this world and he even makes his will leaving his roller skate to Mouse.  Fortunately Bear is an excellent napper and before long he is feeling much better and thinks that perhaps he will survive the most severe cold anyone ever endured.  Hmmm – I wonder if Becker and Denton haven’t been spying on my house.  There is someone I live with who, although he is seldom ill, may be an even worse patient than Bear when he does come down with something.  Oh the suffering!  This delightful picture book will make everyone smile – patients and too cheerful caregivers all.

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About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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